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Feds seek Weatherholtz home in pedo case

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

(May 15, 2015) As several local charges fell by the wayside to pave the way for a federal indictment against OC Jamboree owner David Weatherholtz, court documents reveal prosecutors are attempting to seize his house as well as other property in connection with the case.

Weatherholtz, 55, of Berlin was arrested in December in connection with Operation Worcester Safety Net, a yearlong investigation involving the Worcester Sheriff’s Office and Ocean City Police Department.

He was indicted by a grand jury on Jan. 21, according to the State’s Attorney’s office. The charges, and Operation Worcester Safety Net itself was revealed to the public on the following day.

Weatherholtz is facing a number of charges including false imprisonment, assault and sexual offenses.

On March 30, Weatherholtz was again indicted, this time by a federal grand jury, on allegations that stem from his December arrest. Those charges concern the production and possession of child pornography.

Several examples of the images allegedly produced by Weatherholtz are detailed in charging documents and are of an extremely graphic nature. A video of Weatherholtz engaged in sexual intercourse with the same male minor as featured in the photographs is reported by authorities to exist.

As a result of the charges listed in the indictment, prosecutors will attempt to seize “his interest in all property … that was used, or intended to be used, to commit or to promote the commission of the offenses,” previously listed in the document.

The property includes his residence at 49 Deep Channel Drive in Berlin, a computer hard drive, two desktop and one laptop computer.

This property, according to the indictment, constitutes “substitute assets of alleged proceeds of violations of federal law pursuant to “Title 18” of U.S. code.

Title 18 is the section of U.S. law governing crimes and criminal proceedings and has no special significance regarding the nature of Weatherholtz’s alleged crimes.

OC Jamboree, the West Ocean City community theater, was not listed as one of those assets.

No court date has been scheduled on the pending charges.

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