A 38 year old Fairbanks man was sentenced to serve 18 years in jail for sexually abusing his two children, as well as a young friend of the victims family.
During a scheduled hearing Thursday afternoon, Daniel Weir pleaded guilty to a single count of First Degree Sexual Abuse of a Minor, and two consolidated counts of Second Degree
Child Sexual Abuse.
In addition to the jail sentence, Weir must also register as a sex offender remainder of his life.
Court records say the victims in the case were between the ages of 6 and 12 when the abuse began back in 2007.
Given time to speak, the mother of one of the victims told Weir her family "trusted him."
"I will never be able to trust another man like that again," the woman said. "My family trusted you Dan. But I do thank you for changing your plea so my daughter wouldn't have to go
through a trial."
Public Defender Jennifer Hite, who has represented Weir in his case, says her client, while "having issues" with the allegations, wants to "put it behind him."
"There were several behaviors and allegations involved in this information that he continues to dispute," says Hite. "There are behaviors that he has been willing to resolve, but as a result of
the uncertainty of what could happen at trial, he has elected to proceed and make admissions with respect to all three counts, despite the fact that he has concerns with respect to all the
But issuing sentencing comments, Superior Court Judge Douglas Blankenship says Weir's behavior could not be overlooked.
"In the eyes of the community there is probably no more horrendous crime than sexual abuse of children," says Blankenship. " And that is reflected by the legislature's harsh punishment in
the applicable sentencing statute."