Texas family sues DirecTV over sex
offender who came to their home
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[August 09, 2014]
By Lisa Maria Garza
DALLAS (Reuters) - 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 Friday.
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
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
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
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
When Massey left the room, the victim told her mother, who called
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.
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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)
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