Operators of area boys home indicted for human trafficking

Gary Dwayne Wiggins and Meghann Shereen Wiggins, were arrested more than a year after eight boys were removed from the home outside of Bertram. (Jail photos)
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BERTRAM, Texas (KWTX) The operators of a home for boys outside of Bertram in Burnet County from which eight boys were removed more than a year ago were in custody Monday after they were indicted for human trafficking.

Gary Dwayne Wiggins, 49 and Meghann Shereen Wiggins, 34, were each indicted on one count of trafficking of persons/continuous “after evidence was presented from an extensive investigation into their operation of the Joshua Home for Boys in Burnet County,” the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post Monday.

They were arrested in Escambia County, Ala., and were later transferred to Burnet County where they were ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bond each.

In July 2018 authorities removed eight boys between the ages of 10 and 17 from the home after investigating allegations of abuse, neglect and human trafficking.

The boys were placed in temporary custody of Child Protective Services until they were reunited with their families.