John Weece, 60, found guilty of 44 counts of child molestation

John Weece, 60, of Tulare molested 3 girls between 2008 and 2016 in various cities throughout the county

@TheSunGazette

TULARE COUNTY – A jury found a Tulare man guilty of 44 counts of child molestation involving girls ages 6 to 12 over an eight-year period.

John Weece, 60

John Weece, 60

On Dec. 21, the Tulare County Superior Court jury found John Weece, 60, of Tulare, guilty of three counts of sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 10, six counts of oral copulation with a minor under the age of 10, three counts of digital penetration of a minor under the age of ten, 29 counts of forcible lewd act upon a child under the age of 14, two counts of lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 and one count of using a minor for sex acts. The jury also found true the special allegation of substantial sexual conduct. Each count is a felony and 43 of the counts are strike offenses.

Forty-one of the crimes occurred between Aug. 9, 2013 and Feb. 20, 2016 against a female victim, who was between 6 and 8 years old at the time of the sexual assaults. The other three crimes occurred between May 27, 2008 and December 31, 2011 against two separate female victims, who were between the ages of 9 and 12 at the time of the sexual assaults. All 44 crimes occurred in various locations within the county. Judge Joseph Kalashian set Weece’s sentencing for Jan. 25, 2018 in Department 5 of the Tulare County Superior Court. Weece faces 510 years to life in state prison and will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

“We thank the jurors for their service, especially during the holidays. The magnitude of this case no doubt weighed heavy on them,” said District Attorney Tim Ward. “I am proud of our Crimes against Children Division for making sure this predator cannot harm our communities again.”

Start typing and press Enter to search