The Suffolk County correction officer from Hampton Bays who sexually abused boys in his care pleaded guilty to all eight felony charges. Robert Weis, 56, is scheduled to be sentenced in front of New York State Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen Wednesday, December 18.
Weis had sexual intercourse with a boy under the age of 11 on multiple occasions, he admitted December 9, as part of his guilty plea, as well as with another youth under the age of 13. At least one of the two victims is Weis’s adopted child. Over the years, he adopted five boys, all considered challenged youths, and acted as foster parent to many more.
The prosecuting attorney, Laurie Moroff, of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau, said during Weis’s initial arraignment April 5 in Southampton Town Justice Court, that Weis had “sleepovers” for friends of his five adopted sons, during which he would abuse and fondle the other boys.
The crimes occurred over 15 years ago. Southampton Town Police detectives investigated and arrested Weis April 4 after one of the victims came forward. After that arrest was announced, it appears that a second victim came forward, as well. The victims’ identities are protected, due to the nature of the crimes. There is no statute of limitations for the violent sex crimes Weis committed.
In addition, Weis pleaded guilty to three felony counts of weapons possession, and one felony count of criminal possession of stolen property he had taken from the Suffolk County Correction Department Yaphank facility, including bulletproof vests and handcuffs. Police found three unregistered handguns, along with 36 long guns, and 50,000 rounds of ammunition when they raided Weis’s residence in Hampton Bays in April.
Weis was being held in lieu of $5 million bail. After pleading guilty, he was ordered remanded.
Weis also has an open charge of sexual misconduct from 2016 in Columbia, SC. When that charge was made, Weis was required to turn in his gun by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and was reassigned to the quartermaster office.
Because the Correction Department feared possible retribution against Weis while being held since his arrest, he has been housed in an undisclosed facility west of Suffolk County, possibly on Rikers Island, or in Westchester.