Washington: accused pedophile allowed to watch sex-video evidence

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140711 PedófiloBecause he is acting as his own lawyer and may see the evidence, an accused pedophile in Washington state is being allowed to watch child pornography, including videos of him allegedly having sex with young boys, according to news reports.

Weldon Marc Gilbert, a millionaire and former commercial pilot arrested in November 2007, has unlimited access to the 28 hours of footage on more than 100 DVDs seized by police, KOMO-TV reported. He is in the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma awaiting trial. But he won’t be alone while watching the evidence, KIRO-TV points out. An investigator will be in the room.

The county prosecutor and sheriff say that denying Gilbert access risks a mistrial, noting that the state Supreme Court has ruled in his favor.

The Associated Press writes that in a plea bargain two years ago, Gilbert pleaded guilty in federal court and was sentenced to 25 years in prison for producing child pornography. But the deal was contingent on Gilbert also pleading guilty in state court to sex crimes, and when a judge told Gilbert his state sentence could be as long as life in prison, he withdrew his guilty plea.

The Seattle Weekly has posted the charging documents.

By Michael Winter, USA TODAY.

Photo: By Pierce County Sheriff’s Department