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Weatherholtz charged again after more victims uncovered

(Jan. 16, 2015) David Weatherholtz, owner of O.C. Jamboree and a guitar instructor in West Ocean City, was arrested last week on charges of sexual abuse of a minor.

According to police, this is the third time in a month that he has been arrested for soliciting or abusing a minor.

The Worcester County Bureau of Investigations said another alleged victim of 55-year-old Weatherholtz has come forward and the latest was a juvenile at the time of the incident.

This accuser’s parents allegedly hired Weatherholtz as a music teacher years ago and at that time he suggested becoming the victim’s manager and mentor. According to the report, the person went to Weatherholtz’ home regularly where he was sexually assaulted repeatedly.

Weatherholtz is now charged with sex abuse of a minor, second-degree assault, perverted practice and sex offense of the fourth degree.

Initially, he was being held on a $250,000 bond, but after a bond review the judge lowered it to $50,000. Police confiscated multiple computers and storage devices from Weatherholtz’ home, which are currently in the hands of the Department of Homeland Security. They expect more information about potential victims to come from that investigation.

These allegations come less than a month after Weatherholtz was arrested following an investigation into the online solicitation of a minor.

Detectives from the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation, posing as a 13-year-old boy, replied to an ad Weatherholtz had posted online looking for a younger boy.

Over a two-week investigation, Weatherholtz engaged in sexually explicit conversations and made numerous references to other sexual encounters that he had with underage boys, police said.

Weatherholtz arranged to meet the boy on Dec. 16, according to police, and was taken into custody on his arrival at the meeting location.

He was charged with sexual solicitation of a minor and was released until another victim came forward days into the New Year.

This person had a similar story to the latest person to come forward.

The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation said after publicizing the arrest of Weatherholtz, the person contacted investigators. According to the report, the victim, who was a minor at the time, said that years ago Weatherholtz brought him to a home in West Ocean City.

While at the home, Weatherholtz sexually assaulted him and said he wouldn’t bring him home unless he performed certain sexual acts, according to the report.

Weatherholtz was charged with sex abuse of a minor, second-degree assault, perverted practice, sex offense in the fourth degree, sodomy and false imprisonment.

Detectives believe there are more victims who could have taken lessons from Weatherholtz or were involved in theatrical productions at O.C. Jamboree.

“I still believe there are more victims out there,” said Detective Corporal Alex Kagan with the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation. “I think it’s been going on for over 30 years.”

Kagan reiterated that parents need to be aware of the people who are left alone with their children.

“It could be anyone. From a music teacher to a daycare worker or a coach,” said Kagan.

Anyone with any additional information about Weatherholtz or anyone who has been victimized are asked to contact Detective Corporal Alex Kagan at akagan@co.worcester.md.us or call 410-632-1111.

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