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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Long Island Home-School Tutor Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Attempted Child Enticement

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that JEFFREY WEBER, a Long Island home-school tutor, was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for attempted child enticement.  WEBER pled guilty on December 12, 2018, and was sentenced yesterday by U.S. Circuit Judge Richard J. Sullivan.   

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Jeffrey Weber, who by profession had regular contact with children, pled guilty to attempting to engage in sex with a 13-year-old girl.  He has now been sentenced to a lengthy term in prison, where he will not be able to prey on children.”

According to the Information and other filings filed in Manhattan federal court:

Between January 30, 2018, and February 14, 2018, WEBER, using email and text messages, engaged in sexually explicit communications with a law enforcement agent who was acting in an undercover capacity and posing as a 13-year-old girl.  WEBER initiated these conversations by responding to a Craigslist listing advertising “a younger girl looking for an older guy,” posted by the agent acting in an undercover capacity.  During these communications, WEBER discussed various sexual acts he wished to perform on the girl and made a plan to meet the girl at a diner in Manhattan and to then go to the girl’s nearby apartment for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.  On February 14, 2018, Weber was arrested at the diner where he planned to meet the girl, carrying condoms, among other items.  Prior to his arrest, WEBER was employed as a tutor for children.

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In addition to the prison term, WEBER, 59, of Seaford, New York, was sentenced to five years of supervised release.  WEBER will also be required to register as a sex offender subsequent to his release from prison. 

Mr. Berman praised the New York City Police Department’s Computer Crime Squad, which is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, for their outstanding investigative work.

This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Cecilia Vogel is in charge of the prosecution.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 
19-171
Updated May 29, 2019