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Convicted sex offender who moved to The Villages jailed without bond after laptops discovered

Dana Edward Wilson

A convicted sex offender who moved to The Villages from Maine earlier this year was arrested after laptops and multiple hard drives and USB sticks were discovered in his home.

Dana Edward Wilson, a one-time basketball standout from Maine, convicted in 2014 in a child pornography case, is being held without bond at the Lake County Jail.

A probation officer took the 67-year-old into custody on Tuesday when it was discovered that he had violated the terms of his probation by possessing three laptops and 33 hard drives and USB sticks.

Wilson has two residences on the Historic Side, one at 1713 W. Schwartz Blvd. and 946 Orchid St. The laptops were located under a white cloth in a room attached to a storage room at the Orchid Street property.

Wilson told the probation officer that one of the laptops belonged to his deceased parents and the other two were his. 

Videos found on Wilson’s computer in 2011 showed adult men having sex with girls under the age of 12. Monitoring of child pornography sites by law enforcement officials outside of Maine led to an internet protocol address owned by Wilson.

Dana Wilson played basketball at Husson University in Maine.

Wilson is a well known sports figure in Maine. He had been inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame for his basketball feats at Bangor’s Husson University. Wilson averaged nearly 35 points per game his senior year, best among all NCAA Division III schools that year. But he was tossed out of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame because of the child porn case.

He also worked as a DJ.

At the time of Wilson’s sentencing in 2014, Assistant District Attorney for Penobscot County Tracy Collins said Wilson had not taken responsibility for his actions and tried to blame his son.

“In his statement he mentioned how this case has affected him and did not mention once how others have been affected by this case,” Collins said, according to the Bangor Daily News. “Certainly the victims who were depicted in the video have been affected, but also his family, his loved ones have been affected by this and he did not apologize to a single one of them.”

During his sentencing hearing, Wilson complained that the case had estranged him from his family, the newspaper reported.

Wilson was sentenced to two years and six months behind bars with all but nine months suspended, according to the Maine Department of Corrections. He is currently serving four years on probation.

During his probation, Wilson must participate in sex offender counseling, have no contact with children and must not possess pornographic material. He is also subject to search and testing for pornographic material.

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