CREATED Jan. 29, 2013
Omaha, NE - Prosecutors say 44-year-old Clarence Weber sent more than 1,000 sexually explicit text messages to two teenage girls.
Tuesday, Judge Peter Bataillon sentenced the former accountant to four years probation. Weber will also have to register as a sex offender and take a sex risk assessment.
"He took responsibility for what he did,” Weber’s attorney James Martin Davis explained. "I think the judgment was fair. I think that placing him on probation is the appropriate sentence."
In court, Weber said, “I’m 100% sorry for what I did. I broke that trust as an adult and fellow parent. I’m here to accept the consequences.”
For a three month period in 2011, Weber sent more than 1,000 sexually explicit texts and computer messages to two teenage girls. Prosecutors say the girls went to the same school as Weber's son. They added that Weber showed signs of "grooming" them for a sexual relationship because the messages were getting more sexual, egregious, and suggestive.
"We are disappointed. We were hoping that the judge would send a stronger message for these kind of behaviors and crimes,” said Chief Deputy Douglas County Attorney Brenda Beadle.
Weber pleaded guilty to one count of Enticement by electronic device which is a Class 4 Felony.
The probation office never made a recommendation for Weber's sentence because he never completed a sex risk assessment. The judge required that be done as part of his punishment.