A Bryan man convicted of crimes against children is back in jail after violating his probation. In 2009, 28-year-old Dwayne Williams was sentenced to 10 years in jail on child pornography charges. After only eight months behind bars, Andrews was released to instead serve 10 years of community supervision. This summer he was arrested again for the same crime.
Many residents living on Antone Street in Bryan woke up to some disturbing news Friday morning -- they say -- hit too close to home.
“Yep, that’s him right there,” said one resident as she pointed to 28-year-old Dwayne Lee Andrews' picture on the front page of the newspaper. “I’m in shock, I can’t believe it, a sex offender lives right there.”
The neighbor, who requested to remain anonymous, lives a few doors down from Andrews.
“He was a real nice man,” said Shelby Laughton who rents the apartment over Dwayne Andrews’ parent’s home. “I never really knew him, we would exchange hello’s every once in a while and he just seemed real quiet, real timid and he just kind of kept to himself.”
"I have a grandbaby that comes over all the time, granted, I never let him out of my sight, but still, he [Andrews] didn't look that way, but you don't know what kind of people live around here,” the anonymous woman said.
Andrews was indicted on four charges of possession of child pornography in June 2009, and was convicted of the offense in December of that year. His punishment of 10 years in prison was suspended after serving only eight months behind bars. He was subsequently placed on community supervision for ten years instead.
"Not even two years into his community supervision, Dwayne Andrews would receive a surprise visit from his probation officer; where he would then discover more than a dozen explicit child pornography videos on his laptop computer."
Detectives say many of the videos found on Andrews' computer on May 3rd, included children engaging in sexually explicit acts, many as young as two years old.
On July 25, the 361st Judicial District Court issued warrants for Andrews' arrest, alleging he had violated the terms of his probation by possessing child pornography as well as failing to pay several mandatory fees, and failing to attend psychological counseling for sex offenders.
“It's easy for them to access and easy for them to conceal from their spouse, other people, and they do it in private, so they will go back to doing it if they don't seek treatment for it,” said Bryan Police Detective Chris Loup. “A lot of the times, for the people watching these pornographic videos, it’s almost like they don't view it as they're hurting these children because they're is no physical interaction since they're just watching the video, but that's not true. They are hurting these kids.”
For those on Antone Street - it's a wake-up call and a sobering reminder...
“You never know who you're neighbors are or what they’re doing,” said Laughton.
Andrews was additionally charged with 12 counts of possession of child pornography. He remains incarcerated in the Brazos County Jail. His bail for the possession charges was set at $96,000; no bond amount has been set for the revocation charges.
Detective Loup said criminals, including pedophiles are actively seeking out unsecured wireless networks.
"It's very important to secure your internet," said Loup.
You can always contact your internet company to find out how to secure the router, or you can follow these quick steps.
Most routers have a web-based administration panel. Open a web browser and enter your router’s IP address in the address bar. The IP address is probably 192.168.0.1 or 1918.104.22.168. Consult your manual for help.
You’ll be prompted for your username and password. The default username and password will be in your manual. You should change them. You’ll find the option to change passwords under Basic Settings or something similar.
Next, give your network a name, or SSID. That way, you’ll be able to identify your network. Look for Wireless Settings options or something similar. In the same section, you should be able to enable encryption.
Encryption scrambles your Wi-Fi signal. Only those who have the password can unscramble the signal to access the network.
You should have several encryption options. You want to select WPA-PSK or WPA2. Do not use WEP or older WPA options. If your router doesn’t have WPA-PSK or WPA2, buy a new one. A firmware update may also add this option. Check the router’s manufacturer website for it.
After setting up encryption, you’ll need to create a password.
It should be eight to 63 characters. It should be different from the administrator password. Use a mix of upper- and lower-case letters, as well as numbers and symbols. You may want to write it in the manual and keep it in a secure place.