Wheeling man charged with failing to register as a sex offender
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Joseph J. Weidman, 49, of Wheeling, West Virginia with failure to register as a sex offender, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.
Weidman allegedly failed to register and update his registration as a sex offender in Ohio County, WV, after having moved from Massachusetts to West Virginia in May, 2016. Weidman is required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act by reason of a conviction under state law.
He faces up to ten years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin is handling the case on behalf of the government. The United States Marshals Service and the West Virginia State Police are investigating.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.