Posted on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 3:55 am
Southampton, NY (April 5, 2019) – A Suffolk County Corrections Officer was arrested for the sexual abuse of a child that took place over the course of several years, according to police. 55-year-old Robert Weis was arrested on Thursday, April 4th, while a 12-year-old boy sat with him in the car at the time.
While Weis was arrested with a young boy in his vehicle, the charges against him pertain to the alleged sexual abuse of a different child, starting when the boy was age 7 until the boy was 16. The abuse was stated to have started in 1996, although the victim did not come forward until last month.
According to prosecutors, the abuse of this child, who had been the son of a friend of Weis, is not an isolated incident. Other victims have come forward alleging that they were abused by Weis during sleepovers at his home in Hampton Bays. Weis had been a practicing foster father for at least 15 years and he faces similar charges from 2016 in South Carolina.
Officials who searched Weis’ home found videos of the abuse which occurred in his basement. Weis, an army veteran, was also in possession of 32 long rifles, three illegal handguns, and over 50,000 rounds of ammunition. The investigation into Weis is ongoing and police are asking any other victims to contact Southampton Town Police at 631-702-2230.
Sexual Abuse in New York
First and foremost, we would like to express our deepest sympathies for the victims of this disturbing predator. At this time, it is imperative for family members and victims to understand that the recently drafted New York Child Victim’s Act allows child victims time to make an attempt at healing before moving forward. At Hach & Rose, we are inflexible about holding those who commit sexual offenses liable for their appalling actions, and we firmly believe that each and every victim deserves the most compassionate representation possible.
Sexual abuse in New York tragically occurs all too often, and we are devoted to helping the victims of such atrocious acts. Our sympathetic sexual abuse attorneys recognize the severe trauma that so many victims have been forced to endure, and we are here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have at this time. If you or a loved one has been the victim of child sexual abuse, please do not hesitate to call us at 212-779-0057 today.
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