Sentencing for an Arkansas City man who pleaded guilty in Cowley County District Court to one count of electronic solicitation of a child ages 14 to 16 in November has been delayed until 9:30 a.m. Feb. 24, according to court documents.
Shawn Weber was supposed to be sentenced on Jan. 6. Instead, his defense attorney filed a request for departure from a presumptive prison sentence. The request said Weber is open to treatment and monitoring outside of prison, that he has already been incarcerated for more than a year in the county jail, and that his only prior criminal record is an adjudication for minor in consumption.
Court documents state Weber will have to undergo a sex offender evaluation prior to the rescheduled sentencing.
The electronic solicitation allegedly happened between Oct. 19, 2016 and Nov. 29, 2018, according to court records, with charges filed Dec. 6, 2018.
As part of the plea deal, a second charge of sexual exploitation of a child was dismissed with prejudice.
A separate case against Weber accusing him of two counts of rape of a child younger than age 14 was dismissed with prejudice on Nov. 7. A reason for the dismissal was not listed in court records.