Pierce County man charged with multiple counts of child rape

Investigators have arrested a Pierce County man they believe raped at least 20 boys, and maybe more, for at least the past six years in acts captured on videotapes found in his Lake Tapps home.

“We have located some victims, but there are plenty more out there and we want to hear from them,” Pierce County sheriff’s detective Ed Troyer said Saturday.

Weldon Marc Gilbert, 47, was arrested in Atlanta, Ga., earlier this week by local police and FBI agents. He was charged Thursday in Pierce County Superior Court with four counts of second-degree child rape, two counts of third-degree child rape, one count of second-degree child molestation and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

He is expected to be extradited to Pierce County to face those charges.

A pilot for UPS, Gilbert was in Atlanta for job training when authorities picked him up.

“This guy’s got the money and the means to run,” Troyer said.

Gilbert is also part owner of an aviation company that operates out of Thun Field in Pierce County.

Sheriff’s detectives believe Gilbert lured some of his victims by offering them rides on a luxury helicopter. Later, he would take them to his home, give them alcohol, then tie them up and sexually assault them.

Many of the assaults were apparently captured on videotape, some with hidden cameras. Detectives who searched Gilbert’s home recovered more than 100 videotapes and DVDs of the assaults. A room in Gilbert’s home seemed designed just for this type of activity, Troyer said.

But the images were also high quality, leading investigators to question whether the tapes were intended to be distributed as child pornography.

“That’s what we’re concerned about,” Troyer said, adding that while many of the acts appeared to have occurred in Gilbert’s home, some seem to have taken place in studio settings.

Detectives began looking into the pilot’s activities Tuesday, after two men reported that they thought he was molesting their younger brothers. Investigators spoke with the older boy, now 18, who said Gilbert began molesting him in 2001, after the victim’s father died.

The young man gave detectives a videotape showing Gilbert abusing his 12-year-old brother.

Troyer said investigators on the case have examined roughly one-third of the videos and expect they will identify even more victims.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “We’ve just started the investigation.”

In a search of Gilbert’s home, detectives discovered the tapes, DVDs, computer discs, several cameras, ropes, blindfolds and assorted sex toys.

Troyer said if detectives identify other people in the videos, or anyone who assisted Gilbert in taping these acts, then other arrests could follow. And additional charges against Gilbert are almost certainly to follow.

“The scope of this one is yet to be determined.,” Troyer said. “The degradation and cruelty in this is pretty bad.”

Published in: on November 3, 2007 at 7:18 am  Leave a Comment  

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://vigilantantis.wordpress.com/2007/11/03/pierce-county-man-charged-with-multiple-counts-of-child-rape-2/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: