Former Juvenile Justice Employee Sentenced To Prison For Dark Web Child Porn

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Dennis Weston, a former Juvenile justice worker, has been sentenced to four years in federal prison, coupled with a ten-year supervised release according to an announcement by U.S Attorney Bryan Schroder. Mr. Weston was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason on December 26, 2019, after he had pled guilty in October 2019, to one count of possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child. The former Juvenile justice worker was also ordered to pay a fine of $5,000. 

 

Mr. Weston started working at the State of Alaska Department of Juvenile Justice in 1992 and later became the Deputy Director and serving as the superintendent of McLaughlin Youth Center. Court documents revealed that Mr. Weston’s arrest came after he fell for bait by the FBI on the dark web, involving an advertisement of the exploitation of a fictional young girl named ‘Becky’ owing to child pornography. The dark web ad was put up in April 2017 and had an undercover FBI agent behind it, who communicated numerous times with Weston. 

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 The pair exchanged several text messages and also communicated on their cell phones. Weston told the undercover FBI agent that, he was called ‘John’ and would love to have access to girls in his dark web advertisements. FBI officers later found out that ‘John’ was Weston, and was at that time serving as the Deputy Director of the State of Alaska Department of Juvenile Justice, and in that capacity, served as the superintendent of McLaughlin Youth Center.

 

A search by the FBI on the former Juvenile justice worker’s residence uncovered a laptop that had 22 images of children being sexually exploited, along with other evidence that Weston admitted accessing on the dark web. Weston also added that he had used the dark web several times to search for videos and photos of children getting sexually exploited or of child pornography. Out of the 22 photos found on his laptop, ten of those photos featured children under the age of 12. 

 

Judge Gleason, during the sentencing of Mr. Weston, stated that he did take into account the fact that, the former Juvenile justice worker had no previous criminal record. He added that Weston had shown an “exemplary” behavior while on pretrial release. Judge Gleason, however, added that, Weston, had betrayed and abuse the trust of the community and that his prison sentence was to send a strong message to the fact that no one in this society is above the law, all of us are accountable to it.

 

Mr. Weston, when asked if he wanted to address the court, agreed and apologized for his actions. “I want to apologize to everyone who would hear me in my life,” he stated, adding that he was there to accept the sentence and be a better version of a man when it’s completed. Mr. Weston will now have to voluntarily report to federal prison within the next few weeks.

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 Mr. Weston’s prison sentence falls between the 57-71 months, suggested by federal prosecutors his probation officer at 36 months. Weston’s defense attorney, however, argued for an 18-month sentence for his client but was unsuccessful in achieving that.

 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Alexander and was part of the Project Safe Childhood. It was also investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with assistance from the State of Alaska Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Anchorage Police Department (APD).

Source: Alaska Native News


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