St. Augustine Serial Child Molester Convicted Of Hacking Jumbotron, Child Exploitation Offenses, Sex Offender Registration Violations, And Firearm Possession
Jacksonville, Florida – Acting United States Attorney Karin Hoppmann announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Wayne Joseph Cavins (62, Deltona) with four counts of producing child exploitation materials. If convicted, he faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15, and up to 30 years, in federal prison on each count. Cavins was arrested at his home on March 30, 2021, and has been ordered detained pending trial.
According to the indictment, between January 8 and January 21, 2021, Cavins enticed and used a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of having the minor produce images depicting the sexual abuse of the minor.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has violated one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ashley Washington.
This is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.