A Wellsboro man was given jail time for possession of child pornography.
32-year-old Benjamin M. Weber received his sentence on Monday, September 19th, in Tioga County Court. Court documents state that Weber pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of child pornography in May. He was given a state prison sentence of 24 months to 7 years for the first count. In addition, he was give a state prison sentence of 12 months to 60 months for the rest of the counts. The prison sentences are being served simultaneously, and he has credit for 406 days served. In addition, he has to register as a sex offender for 15 years as required by Megan’s Law.
The Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Child Predator Section, which is located in Harrisburg, found a computer that was circulating child pornography via a shared network. A total of nine files which had images of children less than 18 years of age involved in sexual acts had been downloaded from an IP address which was associated with Weber’s computer. Agents working for the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section carried out a search warrant at Weber’s home. During their search, they found multiple electronic devices which had numerous child pornography images. The investigation resulted in Weber’s arrest on August 11th, 2015. Weber was arrested at his Jefferson County workplace.
Weber’s original charges include the following: distribution of child pornography, 9 counts; second-degree possession of child pornography, 2 counts; third-degree possession of child pornography, 14 counts; and criminal use of a communication facility, 1 count. In 21 of the 26 total counts, Weber pleaded no contest.