From: Traci Steele on 1 Jun 2010 11:48
The Cook County Sheriff is reaching out to Melrose Park residents and
parents in Proviso Township regarding the recent arrest of an alleged
Martin Weis, 45, was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a
child. He allegedly molested the child of a family he was staying with
in unincorporated Melrose Park. Since his arrest he has been held on
But the alleged incident was not the only one. In 1988 Weis was
convicted of criminal sexual abuse, according to sheriff's office.
Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart is asking anyone who might have had
regular contact with Weis to talk to their children about any
interaction they may have had with him.
Weis worked for Crystal Lake-based Skinner's Amusements and by virtue of
that seasonal carnival job he moved across the country. When he was home
he primarily stayed in Melrose Park area but was a transient, staying
with friends and associates for as long as they'd allow.
In early April sheriff's investigators were called to a home in
unincorporated Melrose Park where a family had allowed him to stay for
the previous three months. A child in the family found pictures of
suspected child pornography near his belongings and alerted adults, who
kicked him out.
A follow-up investigation by sheriff's police determined Weis had been
molesting a child in the house where he had been invited to stay. Anyone
with any information regarding Weis is being asked to contact Cook
County Sheriff's Office at (708) 865-4875.
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