A Lexington man already convicted for indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 faces arraignment today on a charge that he tried to pay for sex with two girls in a Waltham hotel yesterday.
David Chris Cannon, 59, was caught responding to a fake ad posted on an overseas Web site that caters to child-sex seekers by Homeland Security Investigations agents conducting a sting in the Boston area, according to court filings. He is scheduled for arraignment in US District Court in Boston on a charge of attempted sex trafficking of a child.
Cannon was convicted in state court on two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child in 2019, according to state Sex Offender Registry Board records.
According to an affidavit by a Homeland Security Investigations agent in the case, they posted an ad featuring two young looking girls on Tuesday. Cannon, the affidavit states, responded Wednesday. Over the course of several text messages, the agent offered up two alleges sisters, one 12, the other 14 - "$200 for an hour with one of the girls or $400 for an hour with both girls."
CANNON began texting UC1 [the agent] from the 3957 Number starting at 5:59am on November 3, 2022. Between 6:00am and 10:30am, CANNON called or texted UC1 10 times without response from UC1. CANNON explicitly indicated that he could come anytime. UC1 responded at approximately 11:43am and began chatting with CANNON again. CANNON indicated that he was interested in either girl and specifically asked who was going to be ready first. CANNON ultimately requested the girl who appeared in the ad to have longer hair, and UC1 indicated that that was her 14-year-old.
Cannon was told to come to a hotel in Waltham - the name of which was not specified in the affidavit - where agents were waiting.
UC2 asked CANNON to show UC2 the cash to be paid for the commercial sex act. CANNON flashed a wad of cash from his pocket and showed it to UC2. UC2 gave CANNON a hotel key card and told him "no rough stuff" with her daughters. CANNON acknowledged UC2's request and instructed UC2 to tell her daughter that he looked like Santa Claus but that he had just washed his beard so that it was not "grubby."
Following the exchange of the cash and the foregoing discussion, law enforcement officers arrested CANNON and took him into custody.