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McGrath re-arrested, feds may force long-term custody before trial

Roseville child porn case gets new dimension as McGrath faces possible regional charges
By: Scott Thomas Anderson, The Press Tribune
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Dan McGrath, a Roseville resident being charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with possession child pornography, was taken back into custody by police in West Sacramento Aug. 17 in connection to alleged suspicious activity. McGrath is currently being held in the Yolo County Jail. McGrath came into public view in April when his 37-year-old daughter, Denise McGrath-Wilder, was arrested on felony child abuse charges that stemmed from the death of her daughter, 2-year-old McKinley. Roseville police detectives reportedly found a slew of child pornography on Dan McGrath’s computer during the course of an investigation into the toddler’s death. McGrath is being prosecuted in federal court in Sacramento. Authorities confirmed that McGrath posted bail in early summer. “He was ordered released on bond in June,” said Lauren Horwood of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “His collateral was collected on June 11, which completed his release.” The defense attorney representing McGrath in federal court, Mark Reichel, said there is now a possibility McGrath’s bail will be cancelled. “Yolo County has dropped its charges against him that resulted from his recent arrest in West Sacramento,” Reichel told the Press Tribune. “However, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is saying, based on this development, it wants to be heard again on the matter of his bail in federal court.” Reichel added that there have been indications from the Placer County District Attorney’s Office that prosecutors may be filing charges against McGrath for the Aug. 17 incident that Yolo’s district attorney declined to move forward. The Placer County DA’s jurisdiction may be relevant because, according to reports, McGrath followed a citizen from Placer County to West Sacramento, in a stalking manner — a resident associated with Denise McGrath-Wilder’s ex-husband, Mark Wilder. Wilder is the father of the late McKinley, as well as McGrath’s surviving 5-year-old granddaughter. The Placer County District Attorney’s Office could not yet comment on whether Wilder’s aquaintence, who was allegedly being followed by McGrath, is a witness in any of the pending criminal proceedings against McGrath or McGrath-Wilder. "The (new) case has been referred to our office and is under review," Assistant District Attorney Jeff Wilson said Thursday. Scott Thomas Anderson can be reached at scotta@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at ScottA-RsvPT.