A former Parmer County Sheriff’s deputy in training arrested in New Mexico earlier this month for allegedly sexually molesting children there now faces federal charges for sexually abusing children in Texas.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment against 25-year-old Davin Seth Waters, 25, of Farwell, charging him with a count of transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
He is accused of taking two juvenile boys across state lines with the intent of engaging in criminal sexual acts, according to an indictment.
Waters lives in Farwell, which is on the Texas-New Mexico border along in the southern Panhandle.
Waters was arrested in Curry County, N.M., on May 26, as a result of an investigation by sheriff’s investigators there into an outcry a boy made accusing Waters of molesting him in a Texico church bathroom, according to a report by the Eastern New Mexico News.
He is being held at the Curry County Detention Center in Clovis, N.M.
Waters reportedly admitted to investigators that he sexually molested the boy at the church on three occasions over the past year, most recently four days before his arrest, according to a criminal complaint filed June 3 in federal court in Amarillo.
Parmer County Sheriff Randy Garies told the Eastern New Mexico News that Waters, who was training to as a sheriff’s deputy, was fired from his post the moment the charges came to light. He said Waters never made it to deputy status and Curry County prosecutors said the alleged abuse didn’t occur in Water’s capacity as a lawman, according to a report by the Eastern New Mexico News.
Waters also taught at a martial arts studio in Bovina where authorities found more alleged victims, according to court documents.
He is accused of sexually abusing two boys he reportedly drove from New Mexico to Texas.
One of the boys told a forensic interviewer on May 31 that he knew Waters from the martial arts studio. He said Waters would fetch him and his brother in Clovis, N.M., and take them to his house in Texas.
The boy told interviewers that he and his brother would play truth or dare with Waters, who dared them to perform sexual acts with him.
During a June interviewer, another of Water’s martial arts students told interviewers in Hereford that Waters also molested him in 2017 or 2018 also during a game of truth or dare.
The boy told investigators after the incident Waters took him to Portales to workout, then on the drive back Waters asked him if he wanted to go back to his house. The boy refused and Waters reportedly asked him questions of a sexual nature, the court documents state.
An initial appearance date for Waters’ federal charges has not been set yet.