Sandusky isn’t the only one in the headlines for child molestation. As Jezebel reports, a Hollywood agent who specializes in managing child talent has been accused of sexually assaulting one of his clients.
Despite the fact that 47-year-old Martin Weiss admits to engaging in sexual acts with a child, a now 18-year-old aspiring musician who claims Weiss sexually assaulted him more than 40 times from the age of 11 to 15, he maintains that he is not a pedophile and you won’t believe his reason why.
According to The L.A. Times, Weiss claims that “the Penn State situation was different because those kids didn’t want it.’ ” I don’t know what’s more disturbing, the fact that this man is dumb enough to use that as his defense or that he actually believes that a child of 11 is capable of wanting to engage in a sex act with an adult or otherwise.
Prior to opening his own management company, Weiss worked as a costumed performer at children’s birthday parties and has been managing child talent since the mid-90’s. He has helped cast many popular television shows such as iCarly, Criminal Minds, and Parenthood and movies including The Muppets Movie and Jack and Jill.
At this time, no other victims have come forward, but the young man Weiss assaulted became worried there might be other victims and confronted Weiss in a taped conversation at Weiss’ apartment. During that conversation, he admits to having sex with the boy, but claims that he did so because the boy showed interest.
In a disgusting example of how a pedophile can manipulate a child, Weiss’ victims says that he told him that “what they were doing was common practice in the entertainment industry, and if the victim were to tell anyone it would ruin the victim’s career and hurt them both.”
Weiss was arrested Tuesday and is currently being held with an $800,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 34 years in prison.
As stories like this one continue to make headlines, it begs the question — how far is too far to go in attempts to protect our children from sexual predators? We can’t be with them around the clock, but should we be running a criminal background check on any adult with which they spend alone time?