Walton County, FL – Man Caught After Using Online Forum for Child Sexual Solicitation

January 29, 2019

Walton County, FL (January 29, 2019) – Police reported that a man identified as 22-year-old Mark Anthony Weig was extradited after an online investigation into child sexual exploitation.

Police say that Weig transmitted harmful material via text messages to who he thought was a juvenile female, but who was actually an undercover investigator. He asked the investigator to take sexual pictures and then send them to him.

Weig also spoke with who he thought was a teenager about certain violent sexual behavior including that in which happened with a firearm and a knife. He told the ‘female’ that he wanted to travel to where she was so that he could have sex with her.

The Sheriff’s Office in charge of the case was able to obtain a warrant because of the violent messages. Police were able to locate and arrest Weig for the messages.

Weig has since been extradited to Walton County and is now facing multiple charges including two counts of transmitting harmful material to minors, soliciting a child, and more.

Walton County Child Sexual Solicitation Laws

Walton County, FL – Man Caught After Using Online Forum for Child Sexual SolicitationIf you are facing a sex crime allegation, you understand how humiliating and devastating it can be to go through this difficult process. You might be feeling alone and wonder how you can defend yourself so that you don’t endure prison time, fines, and a lifetime sex offender registration that can have an impact on your career and the entirety of your social life. The prosecutor in your case might take these crimes especially seriously when they involve a child, making it difficult for you to gain clarity and see hope in sight. Luckily, our Florida sex crimes attorneys are here to help you defend yourself and protect your rights at all costs.

At Musca Law, we understand the various laws that dictate what penalties you will face for crimes against children, including solicitation of a minor. These sexual crimes involving children are prosecuted to an extreme degree, especially when the charges can be proven through the interactions that a suspect has with a child. Because these crimes can be seen as felonies and you could be facing a huge impact on your life, you want to start protecting yourself immediately. Contact us for case results you can rely on in your time of need at (800) 687-2252.

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