Former child talent manager Martin Weiss was sentenced June 1, 2012 for two counts of child molestation (California Penal Code 288a). Weiss pled “no contest” to two counts of oral copulation with a minor, with other charges being dismissed.
- 1 year in jail, suspended for time served (6 months) with time for good behavior.
- 5 years probation
- sex offender treatment program
- no contact with the victim
- no contact with any child under the age of 18 without another adult present
- registration as a sex offender for life
- DNA samples and AIDS testing
- various court fees totaling about $500.
Martin “MARTY” Weiss will be released today, and is required to report to a probation officer in 48 hours. At his hearing, it was clarified that Weiss is NOT restricted from being around children as long as another adult is present. Weiss disbanded his talent management business shortly after his arrest last fall.
Prior to the sentencing, the victim in the case was allowed to read a victim impact statement. The unidentified boy, now an adult, stated that he was abused by Martin Weiss for 5 years, starting at the age of 11. He said that abuse is not a case of “consensual sex” but rather an experienced elder manipulating a child. He said that he wanted to move on with his life, but pursued the case on behalf of all of Weiss’s other victims who could not come forward. Then he spoke directly to Martin Weiss, saying, “Marty, I don’t know if you know you much pain you caused me…I really wanted to die.”
Child Actor advocacy organization, Bizparentz Foundation is currently sponsoring AB1660, the Child Performer Protection Act. The bill would ban registered sex offenders, like Martin “Marty” Weiss, from working with children in the entertainment industry and would require fingerprints and a permit for those working with children (such as managers and acting teachers). The regulations are similar to the existing laws for adults working with children in sports leagues and child care centers.
AB1660 has passed through the California Assembly with a unanimous vote of 78-0. It will be heard in the Senate within the next few weeks. Bizparentz is supported in their bill by Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Association of Talent Agents (ATA), Peace Officers Research Association (PORAC), and many individual citizens. For more information about AB1660, go to http://www.bizparentz.org/