Tampa Man Convicted of Arranging for Sex with Minor in Undercover Sex Sting Operation
Tampa, FL - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that a federal jury yesterday found Brian Weiss (39, Tampa) guilty of using a facility of interstate commerce to persuade, induce, entice and coerce a child to engage in sexual activity. Weiss faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, up to a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 7, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
Weiss was indicted on September 14, 2011.
According to testimony presented at trial, on June 19, 2011 Weiss used his computer and cellular telephone to arrange a meeting for sex with a person he believed was a fourteen-year-old girl. The individual was actually an undercover officer engaged in an operation with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to identify and apprehend child sexual predators. After conversations with the “child” and the purported parent of the “child,” Weiss drove from Tampa to a location approximately 90 miles away, to meet and have sex with the "child" and was arrested.
This case was investigated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda C. Kaiser and Assistant United States Attorney Mark Bini.
It is 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 (CEOS), 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.projectsafechildhood.gov. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov and click on the tab “other resources.”