Decatur County man, 21, convicted for child molestation

Published 6:57 pm Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The combined efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies led to the conviction of a U.S. Air Force airman from Decatur County for sexual abuse of at least six children.

Airman Dustin Wood, 21, was found guilty of attempted sexual abuse of a child, sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16, rape of a child under the age of 12, receiving child pornography and fraudulent enlistment into the armed forces.

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office and Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, along with each county’s respective district attorney’s office, worked with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigation, said DCSO Investigator Ken Davidson.

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“The cooperation between all of these agencies was vital,” Davidson said. “Had all of us not cooperated, it wouldn’t have worked as well, and that cooperation is what has taken a pedophile off the street.”

The OSI discovered that Wood was looking for a young girl online and then reached out to DCSO.

“He thought he was talking to a 13-year-old girl, but he was talking to a 40-year-old OSI agent and began to become very inappropriate with what all he was telling that agent,” Davidson said. “When they arrested him, they started looking into his background, and they ended up in Decatur County. When we began to probe into his background, we found multiple victims in Decatur County and Seminole County.”

Those victims were all minors at the time of abuse. The cases span from the time when Wood was a minor up until he was arrested.

After finding the victims, Davidson said, the agencies agreed to allow the Air Force to try Wood.

“When we did that, the Air Force court-martialed him. The judge actually was going to sentence him to life, but he ended up with 35 years because of a pretrial agreement,” Davidson said.