A Coeur d'Alene man will be spending the next five years in prison, in addition to five years of supervised release, for being found in possession of sexually explicit images of children. Wade Thomas Weingart, 39, has also been ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to a child identified within his child pornography collection.
Weingart pleaded guilty to the charge Jan. 30.
According to statements made in court, a police officer working with the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force learned that a Coeur d'Alene-area computer had made child pornography available on the Internet, including several images of minors being sexually abused by adults. The officer gathered more information via the Internet and an Internet service provider, determining that the images stemmed from a computer at Weingart's Coeur d'Alene home.
In January, a federal search warrant was served on Weingart's residence, and the suspect admitted to possessing the pornography. A forensic examiner found more than 60 videos of minors being sexually abused, and some children were identified and found to hail from Washington, Georgia, Utah, Canada and Germany.