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Brewster gas station owner accused of repeated nonconsensual sexual contact with male patrons

BREWSTER -- A string of criminal sexual conduct charges were filed this week against a longtime Brewster business owner. Six separate case files representing 12 offenses made upon six alleged victims were filed against James D. Weaver, owner of J...

BREWSTER - A string of criminal sexual conduct charges were filed this week against a longtime Brewster business owner.

Six separate case files representing 12 offenses made upon six alleged victims were filed against James D. Weaver, owner of Jim’s Amoco and Food Shop. The alleged victims, whose known current ages range from 15 years old to 41, claimed that Weaver repeatedly has grabbed their male genitalia over the course of several years.

As a result, Weaver faces 11 counts of gross misdemeanor fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct and one felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. The felony offense - which is related to alleged criminal sexual conduct of the teenager - holds a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, a $20,000 fine or both. Conditional bail was scheduled at $25,000 on the felony case and $2,000 on each gross misdemeanor case file.

Between the alleged victims interviewed, they claimed that Weaver had a habit of committing the offenses when there was no one else in the store and when the victims weren’t paying close attention.

According to court documents, one victim claimed that many boys had been touched by Weaver. Over the years, he said, many had learned not to stand too close to the convenience store counter when paying for items.

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According to the criminal complaint, Weaver initially admitted to law enforcement during a November 2018 interview that he touched “10 to 15” men’s private parts over the past 15 to 20 years. About a month later, the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office received an unsolicited letter from Weaver stating he’d like to change his response to “10 guys.” In a January follow-up interview, Weaver allegedly confirmed to the investigator he’d sent the letter admitting to touching “seven to eight guys.”

He denied ever knowing or touching the alleged victim that came forward to say claim Weaver grabbed his crotch when he was 14 years old.

Fifth Judicial District Judge Gordon Moore signed an order Thursday allowing and ordering Nobles County Sheriff’s Office agents to confiscate Weaver’s firearms and ammunition prior to him being released on bail in a stated safety concern for the general public, alleged victims and Weaver.

The order stemmed from information the court received regarding a number of firearms observed at Weaver’s residence by law enforcement and suicidal comments made by Weaver.

The NCSO was to produce a documented inventory list of all firearms and ammunition it secured within 10 days. The document was to be filed with the Nobles County Court Administration and Weaver. The document is not public information.

According to the Nobles County Jail, Weaver posted bail and was released Thursday night pending a scheduled March 13 initial appearance in Nobles County District Court.

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