Arrest of a Sex Offender
|FBI San Juan August 18, 2010|
SAN JUAN, PR—On August 18, 2010, JEFFREY ALLEN WEATHERS, age 53 and originally from the state of Oregon, was arrested by FBI agents without incident in San Juan, Puerto Rico. WEATHERS is charged with violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
The criminal complaint alleges WEATHERS is a convicted sex offender in the state of Alaska. According to Alaska law, WEATHERS was required to register as a sex offender for life, required to comply with the registration requirements of any jurisdiction he relocated, and required to provide proof he was no longer residing in the state of Alaska.
In March 2010, WEATHERS relocated to Puerto Rico, rented a residence, and was receiving Social Security benefits at this residence. The criminal complaint further alleges WEATHERS had stated to an individual he moved to Puerto Rico because of the “lax” laws as it relates to sexual offenders.
The laws of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico require a convicted sex offender from another jurisdiction to register as a sex offender in Puerto Rico within 10 days of relocating to its jurisdiction. As of this date, WEATHERS has failed to register.
If convicted, WEATHERS faces up to a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment for this alleged federal violation.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marshal D. Morgan.
The FBI encourages anyone with information regarding sex offenders or any other federal violation to contact your local FBI office or the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. All information provided will remain confidential.
The public is reminded a criminal complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty. The U.S. government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.