Monday, June 22, 2009

Art Arnold Weller Charged with Exchanging Child Porn

An Ocean Shores restaurant cook who got deferred prosecution on a child molesting charge 25 years ago was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for receiving child pornography.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, 49-year-old Art Arnold Weller came to the attention of FBI agents investigating the exchange of child pornography through peer-to-peer file-sharing technology.

Agents wrote that they found 2,967 pornographic still images and 301 videos on his computer in January 2008, many showing children younger than age 12.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Dion writes that while Weller was not accused of child molesting after the case a quarter-century ago, the pornography episode shows " he has failed to get his demons under control."

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