A 43-year-old South Florida TV weatherman was sentenced to 4 years and 8 months in prison on Friday for his conviction of two teen sex crimes.
The man made the following statement to a Palm Beach County judge: “I have great remorse and regret for my actions. Not just because I was caught doing something inappropriate but just because it’s the first time I’ve had to really face my demons.”
The man was pleading for a sentence of only lifetime sex offender probation; however the judge refused to grant him his wish.
However, the judge also refused the prosecution’s request for a 10-year prison term. Instead, the judge sentenced the man to 4 years and 8 months in prison, which is significantly less than the maximum 20-year sentence he faced before the hearing, but still more than the 2 years and 10-1/2 month required minimum.
The man has spent 531 days behind bars since his arrest, so he will likely have to serve three more years in prison.
In October, the Wilton Manors man was convicted of one count of lewd or lascivious conduct and one count of computer pornography and child exploitation. The charges involved the solicitation of a former 15-year-old child from west of Boca Raton through hundreds of sexually explicit text messages in early 2011.
Then in November, the man pleaded guilty to one count of attempted battery of a child, which is a third-degree felony that is not considered a sex crime. That case involved a 17-year-old West Palm Beach teenager.
In exchange for his plea, the man’s sentence will be a prison term that runs at the same time as his sentence for the conviction for lewd and lascivious conduct and computer porn and child exploitation.
The former weekend meteorologist at WPTV-Ch. 5 for nearly eight years was forced to resign in 2006.
He testified that he met both of the teens online through personal ads on Craigslist, but thought both were at least 18.
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