LaPorte Co. Man Charged With Bomb Making, Child Pornography
LaPORTE COUNTY, Ind. -- A LaPorte County man faces nearly a dozen state and federal charges for producing child pornography and making homemade bombs.
The indictment against 45-year-old Eric Weiler, announced Monday by U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch III, includes the following charges:
- Production of Child Pornography (2 Counts)
- Receipt of Child Pornography
- Possession of Child Pornography
- Making a Destructive Device
- Possession of Unregistered Destructive Devices
Court documents say an investigation into Weiler's activities began after he wired an explosive device to the gas tank of someone's car in August 2017.
Police searched Weiler's house in September 2017 and found bomb-making materials, tools, and equipment and two homemade bombs.
Officers also discovered approximately 8 computers, nearly 40 hard drives, and numerous cameras, SD cards, cell phones and USB drives, according to U.S. Attorney Kirsch.
"A search of a fraction of these devices revealed over 24,000 images of suspected child pornography and over 80 videos," said U.S. Attorney Kirsch.
The videos included footage of Weiler allegedly having sex with a child under the age of twelve.
"Crimes committed against children are particularly heinous. Children are among the most innocent victims. This case exemplifies how local and federal law enforcement agencies and state and federal prosecutor’s offices work together to investigate and prosecute cases involving children," Kirsch said.
Weiler also faces our local charges related to the investigation: one count of attempted murder and three counts of child molesting.
Kirsch says Weiler is currently in state custody and that U.S. Marshals will take custody of him on Tuesday. Weiler will make his first appearance in federal court in South Bend later this week.
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