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additional charges against lp man

Monday, April 16, 2018 15:33 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

Additional charges in both the federal and local courts have been filed against a LaPorte man who allegedly wired a neighbor's car to explode and molested a 6-year old child.

Eric Weiler, 45, is charged in U.S District Court at South Bend with two counts of production of child pornography and one count each of receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography, making a destructive device in violation of the National Firearms Act and possession of unregistered destructive devices.

Weiler is also charged in LaPorte Circuit Court with level 1 felony attempted murder and three counts of Class A felony child molesting.

Originally, he was charged in LaPorte Circuit Court with two counts of possession of a destructive device or explosive following his September arrest.

LaPorte County Prosecutor John Espar said the new charges stem partially from the work of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force which he formed in 2015 to uncover predators of children on the internet full-time.

Specifically, Espar said the task force helped gather digital evidence from computer technology recovered from inside his residence.

''It is a very tedious time intensive, labor intensive process to examine the electronic devices that may hold evidence, even evidence that individuals may even attempt to destroy,'' Espar said.

According to authorities, his arrest came two days after friends reported he had been talking about for six months abducting children.

Next came a hidden recording of Weiler showing and discussing two bombs he claimed to have made inside his residence at 707 F St. and revealing he tried blowing up a neighbor's car, police said.

Authorities said he allegedly wired the ignition to the gas tank but the car with the owner in it did not explode when she took it to a mechanic to have it worked on.

Also quickly discovered inside Weiler's home were writings that expressed a plan or willingness to kill in an effort to obtain a young child for the purpose of sexual assault, according to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case.

Writings allegedly from Weiler were also found inside a vacant house beside the home of the woman whose car had been wired to explode.

The writings also expressed intent to acquire a girl for sexual contact, police said.

According to court documents, also recovered from his home was a note detailing how he went about molesting and filming a girl who had been drugged.

There were also images of a young girl being molested on a video recovered from Weiler's home.

It appears the molestation depicted in the video happened inside Weiler's residence, authorities said.

Tom Kirsch, a U.S Attorney from the Northern District of Indiana, said federal charges were brought against Weiler because the allegations include explosives and manufacture of child pornography.

He said the federal case will be tried before Weiler faces the local counts.

''This case exemplifies how local and federal law enforcement agencies work together with state and federal prosecutor's offices to investigate and prosecute cases involving children,'' Kirsch said.
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