Man acting as counselor indicted in abuse case

February 18, 1993

A man who allegedly posed as a juvenile counselor was indicted yesterday on charges of sexual child abuse of a youth placed under his supervision by the Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Baltimore State's Attorney Stuart S. Simms said the purported counselor, David Lee Weyer, 31, received referrals to work with juveniles, including the case cited in the indictment, although he had never undergone a criminal background check.

"Mr. Weyer was unlicensed . . . had never been approved by the [state] Juvenile Services Administration, and the companies he purported to represent did not exist," Mr. Simms said.

The sexual abuse occurred over a five-month period that ended in December, Mr. Simms said.

Mr. Weyer's ruse was discovered when the JSA learned he was working with the youth and asked the state's attorney's office for information about his background, he said. The prosecutor's office had been under the impression that the man had an agreement with JSA, Mr. Simms said.

"At that point the alarms go off," he said.

Mr. Weyer, who lives in the 600 block of Wyeth St., was arrested on a warrant Friday and indicted yesterday on charges of sexual child abuse and second-degree sexual offense. He was being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center in lieu of $150,000 bond, with arraignment scheduled for March 15.

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