DA SINI ANNOUNCES INDICTMENT OF SUFFOLK COUNTY CORRECTION OFFICER FOR ALLEGED CHILD SEX ABUSE, OTHER OFFENSES
(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the indictment of a Suffolk County correction officer for allegedly sexually abusing two children, illegally possessing firearms, and illegally possessing items stolen from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office.
Robert Weis, 55, of Hampton Bays, is charged with two counts of Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree, a B violent felony; two counts of Sodomy in the First Degree, a B violent felony; Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, a D felony; and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Firearm, an E felony. Weis was employed as a Suffolk County correction officer since 1995 and is currently suspended from the Office.
“This is the sort of defendant we wish we never had to deal with,” District Attorney Sini said. “The crimes that he is alleged to have committed undoubtedly destroyed lives. We will continue to investigate his conduct and do everything in our power to bring justice to those victims.”
An investigation by the Southampton Town Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office began in March 2019, when an alleged victim reported to police that the defendant had sexually abused him from when he was seven years old to approximately 16 years old. The victim is currently an adult. Weis was arrested by the Southampton Town Police Department on April 4 and a search warrant was executed at his house.
After being alerted to Weis’ arrest through media coverage, a second victim subsequently came forward to police and reported that Weis allegedly sexually abused him when he was under the age of 13 years old.
Weis was arrested in South Carolina in 2016 for allegedly sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy. Those charges are currently pending.
Weis is the adoptive parent of five males and has been a foster parent for approximately 15 years.
The search warrant executed at Weis’ residence on April 4 resulted in the seizure of three handguns, which the defendant possessed illegally, as well as 32 rifles and more than 50,000 rounds of ammunition.
Police also recovered stolen property belonging to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, including bulletproof vests and EMT equipment. Following his arrest in 2016, Weis was placed on modified duty working as a quartermaster for the Sheriff’s Office, thereby having access to the Office’s uniforms, gear and other official property.
Weis was arraigned on the indictment today by Acting Suffolk County Court Judge Karen M. Wilutis. Bail was set at $5 million cash or $15 million bond.
If convicted, Weis faces a maximum sentence of up to 40 years in prison.
Weis is due back in court on April 30.
District Attorney Sini and Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki urge any additional victims or witnesses to the alleged abuse by Weis to contact the Southampton Town Police Department’s Detective Division at 631-702-2230.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Laurie Moroff, of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau, and Kevin Ward, of the Public Integrity Bureau, with assistance from Assistant District Attorneys Christina Pinnola and Dana Castaldo, of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.