Phoenix Man Indicted Accused of Using Social Media to Prey on Underage Girl

PHOENIX– Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted 55-year-old Danny Lee Wallace on eight felony counts including Computer Tampering, Aggravated Luring, and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. 

The Phoenix Police Department arrested Wallace on May 19, 2016 after an investigation by the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Wallace is accused of using a fake identity named Veronica Wallace (a/k/a Veronica Sanchez, Vero Wallace and Ashley Guess) to solicit sexually exploitative images from an underage victim. Investigators say Wallace was in possession of those images when he was arrested by police.  Wallace is alleged to have been in communication with the victim since at least December of 2015, and sent the victim pornographic images while soliciting the victim for sex.  The indictment also alleges that Wallace engaged in conduct that seriously alarmed, tormented, threatened or terrorized the victim using messages sent over a well-known social media app chat network.

Investigators with the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force have reason to believe that Wallace may have been communicating with other underage victims using the Veronica Wallace identity, and the investigation is ongoing. 

If you know a child that had any inappropriate contact with Wallace, please contact the Phoenix Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at (602) 757-4263.

Assistant Attorney General Todd C. Lawson is prosecuting this case.

All defendants are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

For additional information, members of the media may contact Mia Garcia, Director of Media Relations at (602) 339-5895 or Mia.Garcia@azag.gov.

Full copy of the indictment.