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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Indictment Unsealed In Child Pornography Investigation

Defendant's detention hearing is Thursday

MACON, Ga. – A Georgia resident has been charged with two counts of distribution of child pornography, said Peter D. Leary, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. An indictment is only an allegation of criminal conduct, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt.

Stanley Joseph Weaver, 60, formerly of McDonough (Henry County), Georgia, and currently of Jackson (Butts County), Georgia, was taken into custody on Saturday, January 23 after a federal grand jury indicted Weaver on two counts of distribution of child pornography on January 13. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, no less than five years to life of supervised release and registration as a sex offender upon release from prison.

Weaver was arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles H. Weigle. The Government has moved for pretrial detention, and Weaver is scheduled to have his detention hearing at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28 before Judge Weigle.

The case is being investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katelyn Semales is prosecuting the case for the Government. Questions can be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, U.S. Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603, or Melissa Hodges, Public Affairs Officer (Contractor), U.S. Attorney’s Office, at (478) 765-2362.

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Updated January 27, 2021