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Quincy man who pleaded guilty to secretly video recording children gets 15-year sentence

Charles DeWeese
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 13, 2019 8:20 pm Updated: Sep. 13, 2019 8:33 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A Quincy man who had secretly recorded children in his home over two years was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in federal prison for one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

Court records show that Charles E. DeWeese's sentence from Judge Sue Myerscough will require him to remain on supervision for the rest of his life. He originally faced four counts of sexual exploitation of a child, but pleaded guilty to one count April 9.

DeWeese, 40, was arrested by the Quincy Police Department on May 4, 2017, on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after he reportedly inappropriately touched a juvenile. During a search of his home at 2330 Payson Ave., police reportedly found several hidden cameras and microphones.

He was arrested Oct. 12, 2017, on federal charges.

A pretrial detention notice in the case alleged that DeWeese had sexual contact with a girl twice during a two-year period, and Quincy police officers found two cameras mounted in the rafters in the basement, as well as a camera under a toilet seat. Police seized dozens of cameras and computers along with 15 terabytes of data.

During an interview with police, DeWeese reportedly admitted to installing the cameras about four years before his arrest, according to the motion.

DeWeese has been in federal custody since the charges were filed.

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