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August 15, 2013

FAST team apprehends fugitive wanted on child sexual assault, porn charges

From Staff Reports

Weatherford-Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team on Wednesday concluded a lengthy investigation in tracking an out-of-state fugitive.

FAST unit members were notified that a Concord, Va., man identified as Darrell Wayne Delp Sr., 36, was reportedly in Parker County in an attempt to flee from law enforcement authorities in that state.

Delp’s Campbell County, Va., charges include two counts of producing child pornography and two counts of rape of a child under 13. Delp’s charges are equivalent to Texas charges of felony sexual assault of a child. Delp is accused of molesting several children while filming the sexual assaults.

“Our FAST unit promptly began investigating the location of the suspect,” said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler. “Due to the serious nature and numerous pending charges, we felt it was imperative to immediately remove Delp from the streets.”

FAST members conducted an intelligence gathering operation in locating Delp. FAST unit investigators discovered although Delp was from Virginia, he grew up in the area and has family ties in Parker County.

Wednesday, Delp was discovered in the area of Cattle Baron Drive in east Parker County. FAST members and assisting U.S. Marshals surrounded the area, taking Delp into custody near a relative’s residence without incident.

Fowler said the FAST unit is known for its investigative tactics in locating wanted criminals.

“They are quick and efficient,” Fowler said. “They are to be commended for an excellent job in this case, and their every-day operations.”

The Lynchburg News and Advance reported authorities continue to investigate the cases there.

Campbell County Sheriff’s Maj. L.T. Guthrie told the News and Advance the alleged incidents span a four-year period beginning in 2009 and continue into the past week.

The paper reported investigators there believe Delp victimized several children but said the total number of victims has yet to be determined. Authorities did not say what relationship Delp had, if any, with the victims.

"We're getting information every day regarding this subject," Guthrie told the News and Advance.

Delp was booked into the Parker County Jail at 11:28 p.m. Wednesday. Virginia authorities stated there could be as many as seven or more additional pending cases against Delp in addition to his current charges.

A “no bond” was placed on Delp’s current Virginia charges.

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