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Quincy man pleads guilty to federal sexual exploitation of a child

Charles DeWeese
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 11, 2019 5:30 pm Updated: Apr. 11, 2019 5:44 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A Quincy man facing multiple charges for reportedly secretly recording video of children in his home over two years has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

Court records show that Charles E. DeWeese entered the plea Tuesday and is set to be sentenced July 29. He initially faced four counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

DeWeese, 40, was arrested by the Quincy Police Department on May 4, 2017, on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services notified the police that he inappropriately touched a juvenile. During a search of his home at 2330 Payson Ave., police reportedly found several hidden cameras and microphones.

He was arrested Oct. 12, 2017, on the federal charges.

A pretrial detention motion in the case alleged that DeWeese had made sexual contact with a girl twice during a two-year period. At the home, officers reportedly found two cameras mounted in the rafters in the basement, as well as a camera under a toilet seat.

After a search warrant was served, dozens of cameras and computers were seized, along with 15 terabytes of data. One computer reportedly had 93 videos involving two minors.

During an interview with police, DeWeese reportedly admitted to installing the cameras about four years before his arrest, according to the motion. He described himself to police as someone who has an addictive personality disorder, reportedly saying, "Once I do something, it's hard for me to stop it."

DeWeese has been in federal custody since the charges were filed.

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