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LaPorte man sentenced in child pornography and explosives case

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A LaPorte man has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to production of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and making a destructive device, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Eric R. Weiler, 46, was sentenced to 720 months in prison and five years of supervised release and ordered to pay $26,250 in restitution.

“According to documents in this case, Weiler drugged several people so that they would be unconscious while he recorded a video of himself performing sex acts on an unconscious child,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Weiler re-lived the abuse by writing about it many times in drawings and notes that were later recovered from his house. In the summer of 2017, Weiler fixated on another child, who, according to his writings, he intended to kidnap and sexually abuse after killing the child’s guardians. During that summer, Weiler became suspicious of a person and jerry-rigged that person’s car to explode by re-routing turn signal wires into the gas tank to create a spark.”

“Weiler had also been going into an abandoned house to watch the child playing outside,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Investigators went into the vacant house and discovered writings on interior walls documenting the writer’s attempts to acquire a girl under the age of 12, ideally a newborn baby, for sexual contact.”

“Investigators recovered two incendiary devices, in Weiler’s home, one of which is commonly referred to as an improvised explosive device (IED) and had to later be detonated at the LaPorte County Fair Grounds,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Investigators also recovered multiple electronic devices and electronic storage devices in his home, which contained over 24,000 images and over 80 videos of child pornography, including the videos he had produced of himself with the unconscious drugged child. Weiler’s electronic devices also contained videos of him threatening to use one of the explosive devices to extort sex from an unidentified woman.”

“The facts of this case are horrific,” U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch said. “Mr. Weiler’s crimes caused great pain to the victim’s family and could have, but for the swift intervention of law enforcement, resulted in severe and permanent injury to other potential victims. His 60 year sentence reflects the seriousness of his heinous crimes.”

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office, LaPorte Police Department, Michigan City Police Department, and the Porter County Sheriff’s Department and Bomb Squad.


Posted 10/18/2019




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