DALLAS Aug 8 A Dallas family has sued satellite
television provider DirecTV after a man making a service
call at their home was found to be a registered sex offender who
took photos of their 12-year-old daughter, their lawyer said on
DirecTV said the man had absolutely no affiliation with the
company and was brought to the house by a contractor, who has
since been fired for violating company policy, spokeswoman Jade
Ekstedt said in an email.
Wahren Scott Massey, 48, was arrested as a result of the
August 2012 incident.
Massey pleaded guilty in October to attempted indecency with
a child and attempted sexual performance of a child for the
pictures he took of the girl. He was sentenced to four years in
prison, according to legal documents.
The family said in court documents Massey went into a room
where their daughter, who was 12 at the time, was alone. The
daughter, who is a gymnast, was stretching and said Massey asked
to take photos of her on his cell phone with her legs in the
air, according to the police report.
Massey took about five pictures of her. He looked to make
sure no one was watching and asked the girl to keep the incident
quiet, the report said.
When Massey left the room, the victim told her mother, who
Officers performed a background check on Massey, discovered
he had been a registered sex offender in Texas since 1998, and
issued a criminal trespass warning. His phone was confiscated as
evidence and a warrant for his arrest was issued months later.
The family's attorney said they attempted to contact DirecTV
for an explanation as to how this happened but received no
response so they decided to sue, seeking between $100,000 and
$200,000 in damages and also to make sure this does not happen
to other customers.
The company said DirecTV installation contractors and
subcontractors are required to complete a background check
before being allowed to perform any installation services.
(Reporting by Lisa Maria Garza; Writing by Jon Herskovitz;
Editing by Eric Beech)