CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl at an Englewood Chuck E. Cheese’s has been handed the maximum sentence.
Robert Dustin Weber, 44 of Littleton, will serve 18 years to life in prison in the Department of Corrections.
The assault happened on Nov. 20, 2014 when Weber, his mother and his 2-year-old daughter went to the Chuck E. Cheese’s at 1001 Englewood Parkway.
While in the indoor playground, a 3-year-old girl befriended Weber’s daughter and Weber played alongside the children, eventually entering the playground crawl tunnels with them.
The victim’s father observed Weber enter the tunnels with the two girls on two separate occasions, staying in there for three to six minutes.
When Weber, his daughter and mother left the restaurant, the 3-old-child victim told her father that the defendant had performed sexual acts on her, according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
The victim’s father called the police, who responded to the scene. Englewood police were able to positively identify Weber in part through a photo that was taken in a photo booth.
Police also discovered Weber is a registered sex offender with a history of similar behavior toward underage victims.
At the time of the crime, Weber was on bond for indecent exposure and had an active protection order against him that prohibited him from having contact with children in a case in which Weber was convicted of masturbating while driving past a school bus filled with school-aged children.
When investigators questioned the defendant at his home, he admitted he had visited the Chuck E. Cheese earlier that day and that he entered the crawl tunnel with the victim.
When the officer asked him whether he had sexually assaulted a 3-year-old girl, Weber said, “I don’t think I should talk about that,” according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
An Arapahoe County jury convicted Weber on July 8 of sexual assault on a child, violation of a protection order and violation of bail bond conditions.
“The term ‘despicable’ is not big enough to capture what this molester did,” District Attorney George Brauchler said. “The crime is horrendous, the motivations behind it disgusting and dangerous. He used his daughter as bait to lure another 3-year-old into a place of increased vulnerability. The theft of a child’s innocence cannot be measured, nor can it be tolerated by a just society.
“There is a level of trust that our community has in family places like Chuck E. Cheese’s. The sobering reality for our community is that registration as a sex offender and being on bond for indecent exposure cannot prevent a child molester from accessing these places to which we take our kids — but life in prison can.”