Sexual assaults results in 15 years in prison for Onamia man
A 38-year-old Onamia man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing two girls under age 13. Bradley Allen Weyaus was sentenced Jan. 5 by Judge Erik J. Askegaard in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd for two felony counts of...
A 38-year-old Onamia man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing two girls under age 13.
Bradley Allen Weyaus was sentenced Jan. 5 by Judge Erik J. Askegaard in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd for two felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct using penetration on juvenile females who he had a significant relationship with.
The judge sentenced Weyaus to 15 years in prison on one count and 12 years on the second count. The sentences are concurrent, meaning Weyaus will serve them at the same time at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. Weyaus was given credit of 270 days of time already served.
After Weyaus serves his prison sentence he will be conditional release for 99 years. Weyaus, a convicted felon, will not be able to possess any firearm, ammunition or explosives; will not be able to vote; and will have to complete a psychological-sexual evaluation when he gets out of prison.
Weyaus was facing 10 felony criminal sexual conduct charges, but as part of the sentencing order, the remaining eight counts were dismissed. Weyaus entered an amended plea agreement Jan. 3, where he pleaded guilty to two of the 10 felony criminal sexual conduct counts. As part of the agreement, the other counts would be dismissed.
The victims' mother provided the Brainerd Dispatch with her victim impact statement she read at Weyaus' sentencing hearing.
Part of the statement included:
"You took something from (the victims) that they can never have back. An innocence that they can never know again. A trust in a male figure that can never be regained and future that can never be restored. As for myself, I thought that when I left you the hurt was over. The addiction and the lies were done. I had no idea that there was a bigger secret that could almost destroy me as a woman and a mother. I have been in the depths of depression and a darker place than I have ever been since that night in October of 2015. I have never felt an anger and hatred so deep. At times I have barely hold on. Someone that I loved and trusted could betray me in a way to hurt my children, the one thing that I value the most in the world is unfathomable.
"Fifteen years is not enough. But I know that for those years you cannot have another victim. I hope that your time inside is unpleasant and that you think of me and my girls every day as the reason for being in that prison cell. We are finally the ones that stopped you and put you where you belonged."
According to a criminal complaint filed against Weyaus, the abuse was first reported in October of 2015 to officials with Crow Wing County Community Services. The girls were each interviewed separately following the initial report.
A 13-year-old, referred to as Child A in the complaint, described an incident when she was 9 years old. She said while sleeping, Weyaus sexually assaulted her. Weyaus stopped when she told him she had to use the bathroom, Child A said, and she stayed there until he left the room.
Child A described several other sexually assault incidents that occurred in another location. The conduct continued to occur through March 2013.
A 12-year-old, referred to as Child B in the complaint, stated Weyaus sexually assaulted her when she was 10 in Mille Lacs County. Child B was unable to provide any details on what Weyaus did to her.
In December of 2015, an investigator with Mille Lacs Tribal police obtained a recorded statement from Weyaus. During the statement, Weyaus admitted to sexually assaulting Child A, but denied any sort of penetration. Weyaus said the child was 11 at the time of the incident.
In the recorded statement, Weyaus admitted to police his sexual attraction to Child A, but he denied any sexual contact with Child B.