Former Declo Man Sentenced for Possessing Sexually Explicit Images of Minors
Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) – David Jay Wheeler, 70, formerly of Declo, Idaho, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Boise to 8 years in prison followed by ten years of supervised release for possession of sexually explicit images of minors, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Wheeler to pay $2,219.47 in restitution on behalf of a child victim and forfeit property used to commit the offense.
According to court documents, Wheeler is a former “hands-on” child molester whose sexual attraction to prepubescent females dates back decades. By his own admission, Wheeler used his computer to access online child pornography twice a week over the last ten years. Wheeler used sophisticated means to avoid detection, but investigators were able to locate him by using GPS technology, according to court documents.
A search warrant executed at Wheeler's home in Declo resulted in the seizure of a computer and computer storage media that contained sexually explicit images and videos of minors as young as four years of age. According to court records, Wheeler was sitting at his computer and was in the process of downloading child pornography videos at the time the investigators executed the search warrant.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reviewed the child pornography seized from Wheeler and reported that the material had been produced depicting child sexual abuse victims from Idaho, Washington, Montana, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Nevada, Hawaii, California, Illinois, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Ukraine, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Austria, and Brazil.
The case was investigated by officers from the Boise Police Department, assisted by agents and investigators from the Idaho Attorney General's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Idaho State Police, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), all members of the ICAC Task Force.