Tampa Man Sentenced To Ten Years For Using A Phone And Computer To Arrange For Sex With A Child
Tampa, FL - United States District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington sentenced Brian Weiss (39, Tampa) yesterday to 10 years and one month in federal prison for using a computer and cell phone to arrange for sex with a fourteen-year-old child. As part of his sentence, upon his release from prison, Weiss will be required to serve a 10-year term of supervision, and register as a sexual offender. He was convicted by a federal jury on March 1, 2012.
According to testimony presented at trial, on June 19, 2011 Weiss used his computer and cell phone to arrange a meeting for sex with a person he believed was a fourteen-year-old child. He communicated with the “child” and also with a person he thought was the child’s “guardian.” Unbeknownst to Weiss, both the “child” and the “guardian” were law enforcement officers acting in an undercover capacity. During conversations with the "child,” Weiss discussed explicit sex acts, and sent an explicit photo of himself. Weiss then drove from Tampa, to a location approximately 70 miles away, to meet and have sex with the "child.” He was immediately arrested, and found to be in possession of condoms.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Amanda C. Kaiser and Assistant United States Attorney Mark Bini.
This case was part of Operation Summer Nights. A law enforcement operation conducted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to identify and apprehend child sexual predators. It is also another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."