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New details in child sex case against Lake Tapps pilot

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 22, 2008 at 9:07 am with No Comments »
February 22, 2008 9:07 am

I am working my way through recently filed documents in the federal case of Weldon Marc Gilbert, the wealthy Lake Tapps pilot who’s been accused of sexually assaulting and abusing boys.

Federal prosecutors filed the documents Thursday in response to a motion filed by Gilbert’s attorney last week requesting that the federal indictment against Gilbert be dismissed. John Henry Browne is contending that authorities have violated Gilbert’s right to communicate privately with his attorney.

(Gilbert, you may recall, has been charged with four federal crimes: three counts of sexual exploitation of a child in the production of child pornography and one count of transporting a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.)

In the new filings, federal prosecutors say that FBI agents and detectives have “identified 108 different film scenes that involve children under the age of 18 years. In all but one of those 108 scenes, the defendant spanks a nude or partially nude boy.”

The other scene includes shots of Gilbert allegedly having oral sex with a 16-year-old boy.

The filings also say that investigators have interviewed “several dozen boys, many of whom have confirmed that the defendant sexually abused them. These boys report that the defendant sexually spanked them on videotape, and some report that the defendant molested them off tape.”

Prosecutors say Gilbert used alcohol to convince the boys to do what he wished.

“The defendant’s use of alcohol, combined with his ownership of many toys attractive to young boys, eased the grooming process for him. When the defendant was able to offer flying lessons, money, toys, and

alcohol, he became a magnet for teenage boys,” the new paperwork states.”

Look for a more comprehensive story soon on this new information.

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