Crime

Stomach-Turning Details Emerge in Hurst Child Pornography Case

Randy Wesson, the 28-year-old man arrested by Hurst Police on child pornography charges, has admitted some of the details of his alleged crimes, police say.

After his arrest, Wesson told detectives they could find about 42,000 images of child pornography on his computer, electronic storage and phone. He also admitted to sexually assaulting more than 100 children and identified a dozen of them by name, according to police records.

Ricardo Lugo, the 17-year-old Wesson helped enroll as a Hurst Hills Elementary School sixth-grader, was used to find and recruit potential victims at the school, police say.

Wesson and Lugo met in December 2013 or January 2014 on Instagram, police say. Wesson says that in late February or early March, he drove to El Paso, watched Lugo -- who had told him that he was unhappy with his life in Juarez, Mexico -- walk across the border and picked him up. Wesson says that he and Lugo have had a sexual relationship ever since. Lugo's mother, who lives in El Paso, told Texas Rangers that her son has been missing for more than six months.

When Wesson and Lugo returned together to North Texas, Wesson told friends and family that Lugo was his long lost son, Matthew Wesson. He then used an Ohio birth certificate that police now suspect is a forgery to enroll Lugo at Hurst Hills.

Wesson's father has confirmed that Wesson told him that Lugo was Randy Wesson's 12-year-old son and that he saw Randy looking at child pornography on a home computer.

Police began investigating Wesson and Lugo, they say, after an image of child pornography was uploaded to an Instagram account that was later linked to Wesson. Additionally, a search of Lugo's cell phone found images of him spanking a child also seen in other images found on the duo's electronics and explicit text messages between Lugo and Wesson.

Because of the extreme nature of the charges against him, Wesson is now in federal custody. Lugo remains in Hurst City Jail awaiting a transfer that is expected early next week.

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Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
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