JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)– Man arrested and indicted by a federal grand jury for attempting to entice a 9-year-old child to engage in sexual activity, and for soliciting and distributing child sexual abuse videos using the internet.
If convicted of all charges, Garrett Eric Weber, 30, of Green Cove Springs, faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, and up to life in federal prison, a $1 million fine, and a potential life term of supervised release.READ MORE: Sarasota Man Arrested And Facing Charges Of Sexual Battery On A Victim Under 12
Weber was arrested on a federal warrant by the Green Cove Springs Police Department during a traffic stop on July 5, 2021. He was detained without bond on July 7, 2021.READ MORE: Two Arrested In Shooting At Landmark Motel
According to court documents and evidence proffered at Weber’s detention hearing, in June 2020, Weber, using the name “BUBBLESXD_90,” uploaded an image depicting the sexual abuse of a child to a chat group on a popular social media application (app). Further investigation ultimately resulted in the identification of Weber.
Beginning in March 2021, an undercover FBI agent, posing as the parent of a young child, engaged in online conversation with Weber using the app. After some discussion and being told that the “child” was only nine years old, Weber offered to serve as the “child’s” trainer by engaging in sexual activity with the “child.” He requested that the “parent” take an explicit photo of the “child” for him, and he provided specific instructions on how to accomplish this through various means.MORE NEWS: Sales Clerk Arrested For Illegal Alcohol Sale
On at least seven occasions, Weber sent the “parent” videos over the internet that depicted the sexual abuse of young children in an effort to demonstrate exactly how he planned to molest the “child.”