A homeschool tutor in New York has been sentenced to prison after admitting to trying to meet an underage girl for sex.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Southern District of New York announced that Jeffrey Weber, 59, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for attempted child enticement. Weber corresponded with who he thought was a 13-year-old girl from January 30 to February 14, 2018, after responding to a Craigslist ad for “a younger girl looking for an older guy.”
Corresponding through emails and texts, Weber told the undercover officer, posing as the girl, about the sex acts he wanted to perform on her. According to the New York Daily News, Weber acknowledged what he was doing was illegal in an email to the girl.
“Since you ARE (a) virgin and you ARE a minor in terms of the laws of New York State, you KNOW that IF you and I ever did anything sexual, including having sex, that you could NEVER tell anyone or I would go to jail,” he reportedly wrote in an email.
“And since you are a virgin, I would be EXTREMELY gentle with you as humanly possible. I would give you a full body erotic massage to help relax and prepare your body for the experience of having sex for the first time.”
Weeks before his arrest, Weber reportedly sent a picture of himself wearing a purple shirt with the words “My girlfriend is the coolest, sweetest, most gorgeous woman I have ever seen. She is my best friend and my life.”
The statement said Weber ultimately arranged to meet the girl at a Manhattan diner, where he was arrested while in possession of condoms and other items.
Weber was a tutor for children at the time of his Valentine’s Day arrest. Confessing to his crimes in December 2018, he’ll undergo five years of supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender after completing his prison sentence.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said, “He has now been sentenced to a lengthy term in prison, where he will not be able to prey on children.”
[Featured image: Jeffrey Weber/Deputy Commissioner, Public Information (DCPI)]