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Molester gets jail, probation

Joseph Weitz, a West Falls maintenance worker, was sentenced Wednesday to six months in jail and 10 years' probation for repeated sexual assaults on a teenage boy.

Weitz, 47, of Knapp Road, pleaded guilty Oct. 3 to felony sodomy charges for sexual attacks on the teenager from about Nov. 1, 2002, to late January 2003. Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico turned to the victim, who was in court with his family, and said: "None of this is your fault."

The boy's mother urged jail and long-term monitoring for Weitz, who was ordered to get professional help. The judge also issued a five-year order of protection for the victim. Weitz will be listed on the state registry of sex offenders.

D'Amico suggested to Weitz that his problems with some neighbors, including the victim's family, aren't "going to go away until you go away."

Joel L. Daniels, Weitz's attorney, asked the judge not to send his client, who was born deaf, to "the hearing world" of jail.

But the judge countered that "the shame" and feelings of guilt he imposed on the victim demand jail and long-term supervision.

As the sentencing began, the victim's mother called Weitz "the perfect predator in our midst," and added that he had befriended her son, now 19, 4 1/2 years ago. Weitz "robbed" her son of "his innocence and caused him to lose his self-respect," she said.


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