Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Wade Scott Walters - Child Molester wants out of jail

A Davenport man who allegedly admitted to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl and photographing her nude wants out of federal custody.

Monday, an attorney for Wade Scott Walters filed a motion for a judge to revoke an order holding Mr. Walters without bond until trial, which is currently scheduled for March 3.

Mr. Walters, 34, street address unavailable, was charged and indicted in August in U.S. District Court, Davenport, with production of child pornography.

According to the complaint from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on July 30, a Davenport police detective was alerted by the Department of Human services regarding the alleged sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl in East Moline.

The next day, the girl's mother brought a cell phone allegedly used by Mr. Walters into the Davenport Police Department where a detective saw nude photos of the girl and her genitals, the complaint states.

The complaint states Mr. Walters knew the girl, but their relationship is being withheld to protect the victim's identity.

On Aug. 9 the detective interviewed Mr. Walters, and he confessed to sexually assaulting the girl beginning in June and into July this year, the complaint states. He also allegedly admitted to taking all of the photos of the girl on the cell phone.

In the motion for a bond hearing, attorney Anne Laverty argues that Mr. Walters now has a suitable residence and a responsible custodian to ensure he makes all of his court dates. She also wrote that Mr. Walters has "a number of colorable defenses" to the charge.

The motion will be heard by Judge Thomas J. Shields at a later date. The U.S. Attorney's Office has until Jan. 11 to respond to the motion.

Mr. Walters remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals late Monday.

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