Eight-year prison sentence for man convicted of Oneida County child sex crimeSubmitted: 05/18/2018
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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Eight-year prison sentence for man convicted of Oneida County child sex crime
RHINELANDER - In 2016, 52-year-old Robert Weiss drove from southern Wisconsin to Hazelhurst to meet a 14-year-old girl.

Prosecutors say Robert Weiss planned to have sex with her.

On Friday, Weiss was sentenced to eight years in prison for the crime.

Weiss met the girl online, and Oneida County District Attorney Mike Schiek argued he knew the girl was underage.

"She gets to school on a bus or her mother takes her. She goes to a babysitter," Schiek said. "Those are all very clear indications that, just during the conversations and text messages, the defendant was fully aware of her age."

"I honestly did not believe that she was 14 years old," Weiss said.

"Didn't she tell you she was 14?" asked Judge Leon Stenz.

"She did, once," Weiss replied. "That was after the fact that we were already communicating adult material."

Weiss said the girl shouldn't have been on an adult website as a minor. He said he was getting railroaded by Schiek.

"Here, again, I have a DA that's mischaracterizing my human sense," Weiss said.

Stenz's sentence includes seven years on extended supervision after the eight years in prison. Weiss will get credit for more than a year and a half of incarceration already served.

"Civilized community does not look kindly upon sexual assault of children. Clearly, that was the intent of Mr. Weiss," Stenz said. "He persists in his statements that he had been railroaded here, that this is all a mistake, that it's the girl's fault because she shouldn't have been on an adult site."

Weiss was originally sentenced to eight years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.

His lawyers asked a new judge, Stenz, to reconsider the sentence because of potential bias by Bloom. Bloom prosecuted a case involving the same underage victim when he served as Oneida County District Attorney.

Schiek asked Stenz to impose a prison term of ten or 11 years.

Weiss' defense attorney, Andrew Morgan, asked for him to be released to probation, taking his time already served as punishment.

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