TAYLOR COUNTY— After being indicted in federal court in March, a Taylor County man has admitted to child pornography charges and awaits sentencing.
Dallas Edward Weber, Jr., 40, pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting production of child pornography on Monday, according to Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard.
Bernard reported that Weber is accused of using a minor child to engage in sexually explicit conduct and producing child pornography from that conduct in June 2020, in Taylor County.
The charge comes after an investigation was launched by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department which resulted in an August 2020 arrest of the defendant, along with his supposed accomplice, 37-year-old Ashley Marie Weber.
According to criminal complaints filed by Taylor County Sheriff Terry Austin, he was notified by a family member that the Webers had been allegedly sexually abusing a 12-year-old child, and that pictures and videos of the abuse existed.
The family member then provided the sheriff with a camera that contained the images of the abuse. According to Austin, there were both pictures and videos of the naked child and A. Weber in sexually explicit scenarios.
“There were several hundred pieces of evidence taken from the scene on Eby Road,” Austin revealed.
Additional searches of electronics that had been seized during the execution of search warrants on the residence were conducted by the sheriff’s department, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Following the investigation, federal charges were brought against the two.
After entering his guilty plea, D. Weber is facing at least 15 and up to 30 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000.
According to Bernard, under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Sentencing will occur at a later date to be determined by the court.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah E. Wagner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.