Hudson Valley Doctor’s Asst. Jailed For New York Parent’s ‘Nightmare’
A Hudson Valley physician's assistant has "no excuse” for his “despicable conduct" that is "the nightmare of every parent."
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams announced that 32-year-old Jonathan Weiss of Middletown who also used the name Ian Jameson was sentenced to 25 years in prison for enticing seven young girls to engage in sexual activity.
Middletown Physician’s Assistant Sentenced To 25 Years For Enticement Of Minors
Weiss pleaded guilty in December 2021. Weiss was charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in June 2020.
"As today’s sentencing underscores, we will continue to use every tool available to law enforcement to prosecute and punish those who seek to hide behind the wall of the Internet to sexually exploit children," Williams stated.
Weiss acted as a minor on Snapchat using the user name “Ian_Jameson” between 2019 and 2020, according to court documents. He convinced four 13-year-old girls, two 14-year-old girls and a 16-year-old girl to send him nude photos and later said he would send the nude photos to others if the young girls did not send him more nude photos.
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Weiss worked as a doctor's assistant in Middletown, New York at the time, officials say. The location of the doctor's office was not released.
“Weiss’s crimes are the nightmare of every parent. Weiss created a false online identity, portraying himself as a young teen, and used this false identity to exploit minors for his own sexual gratification," Williams said.
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"No Excuse" For Middletown Man's "Despicable Conduct"
Officials from Putnam County, New York, Orange County, New York, Texas, Florida and Homeland Security worked together in the investigation.
At the sentencing, Judge Philip M. Halpern told the court there was “no excuse” for the former Middletown physician’s assistant's “despicable conduct.”