A Keller man has been jailed on child pornography charges.
Federal agents say they found illegal material at Bryan Dickson’s home on Wednesday. The convicted sex offender told agents he had been viewing it online since 2006.
In 1988, Dickson was convicted in New Jersey of sexual assault of a child. But his name did not appear on any list of registered sex offenders.
Ever since he moved into his Keller home a year ago, neighbors say they had their suspicions about him. “We just kind of stayed away,” said one.
Their fears were confirmed on Wednesday when federal agents arrested the 46-year-old for child pornography. Court documents say Dickson admitted to looking at graphic images online of young girls. Officers said they also discovered several child pornography videos inside his home.
“I’m not cool with that at all,” said neighbor Keith Simpson. “I got two little kids — a five-year-old and a 10-year-old — and that does not make me happy at all.”
But what really angers parents is the 1988 child sex assault conviction in New Jersey. Yet the Keller man was not listed in the New Jersey or Texas sex offender registries.
That infuriates neighbors who had tried checking up on him. “When you talked to him, you got bad vibes,” one neighbor said. “We thought maybe it wouldn’t hurt to check; didn’t find anything; just thought we were being overly paranoid.”
In Texas, sex offenders who served their time before 1997 aren’t required to register, which may explain why Dickson lived next to a high school and was able to get jobs at family-friendly places like the Dallas Zoo and Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine.
The resort screens all its employees, but somehow didn’t catch Dickson’s prior arrest.
A Dallas Zoo spokesperson said that since Dickson worked behind-the-scenes for an outside company, he wasn’t screened — a a policy zoo officials are now re-thinking.
And neighbors of Bryan Dickson are left wondering if somehow they could have been warned.