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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of California

Monday, February 11, 2019

Former San Diego Unified School Teacher Sentenced for Receipt of Child Pornography

Assistant U.S. Attorney Janet Cabral (619) 546-8715

NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – February 11, 2019

SAN DIEGO – Former San Diego Unified School District teacher David Gordon Weaks was sentenced today to 70 months in prison following his guilty plea to one count of receipt of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Weaks was a fifth-grade teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School up until the time of his arrest. He has been in custody since federal agents executed a search warrant at his home and arrested him on April 19, 2018. Weaks’ term of custody will be followed by an eight-year term of supervised release, including restrictions on his use of the internet.

Weaks, 60, came to the attention of agents from Homeland Security Investigations in early April 2018, when agents found that a computer associated with Weaks’ residence was making files of child pornography available for downloading by others through a publicly available peer to peer file sharing network. Analysis of the devices seized from Weaks’ residence at the time of the April 19, 2018, search warrant, revealed that child pornography files were found on a desktop computer, two laptop computers and a backup hard drive.

DEFENDANT                                               Criminal Case No. 18cr2469-LAB

David Gordon Weaks             Age: 60                       San Diego, CA


Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2) – Receipt of Images of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct

Maximum penalties: 20 years in prison (with a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison); $250,000 fine; Mandatory Special Assessment of $100; Special Assessment of $5,000 under Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015; Restitution; Forfeiture


Homeland Security Investigations

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Updated February 11, 2019