Making Child Porn and Bombs Gets Man 60 Years in Federal Lockup

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Making Child Porn and Bombs Gets Man 60 Years in Federal Lockup

Federal prosecutors are glad Eric Weiller, of LaPorte, will be in prison for the next six decades.

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--Making and possessing child pornography and rigging someone's car to blow up, have gotten a LaPorte man 60 years in federal prison, said U.S. Atty. Thomas Kirsch. He said Eric Weiler, 46, is a dangerous person and should be in prison for a long time for his abuse.

The abuse of a five-year-old girl

Prosecutors said Weiler drugged several people so that they would be unconscious while he recorded a video of himself performing sex acts on an unconscious child. Weiler relived the abuse by writing about it many times in drawings and notes that were later recovered from his house. 

The behavior escalated.

Suspicion and rigging a car to explode

In the summer of 2017, Weiler fixated on another child, who, according to his writings, he intended to kidnap and sexually abuse after killing the child’s guardians. During that summer, Weiler became suspicious of a person and jerry-rigged that person’s car to explode by re-routing turn signal wires into the gas tank to create a spark. 

In a news release, Kirsch said Weiler had also been going into an abandoned house to watch the child playing outside. Investigators went into the vacant house and discovered writings on interior walls documenting the writer’s attempts to acquire a girl under the age of twelve, ideally a newborn baby, for sexual contact. 

What they found

Investigators recovered two bombs, in Weiler’s home, one of which is commonly referred to as an improvised explosive device (IED) and had to later be detonated at the LaPorte County Fair Grounds. 

Investigators also took his computers and hard drives, which contained over 24,000 images and over 80 videos of child pornography, including the videos he had produced of himself with the unconscious drugged child. Weiler’s electronic devices also contained videos of him threatening to use one of the explosive devices to extort sex from an unidentified woman.

"His 60 year sentence reflects the seriousness of his heinous crimes," said Kirsch.

“This lengthy sentence will deliver some justice to the young victims and their families and ensure this defendant will never harm again,” said Special Agent in Charge Tim Jones of the ATF Chicago Field Division. “We will continue to investigate these serious crimes with our law enforcement partners and appreciate the U.S. Attorney’s Office for their diligence in prosecuting this particular case.”

PHOTO: LaPorte County booking

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