Gainesville man arrested for possession of child pornography

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jantzen Lee Weaver, 22, was arrested yesterday and charged with 11 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip on January 18, 2023, that a Snapchat account had uploaded and distributed a video related to child exploitation. Snapchat provided the username, the date of birth provided when the account was created, the email address for the account, and the login IP address. The video, which portrayed a male child being raped by an adult male, was uploaded on January 18.

A subpoena issued to Snapchat reportedly produced the same video, along with seven “selfies” that matched pictures of Weaver. Snapchat also provided chats that reportedly included a conversation in which the video was shared and discussed.

Gainesville Police Department traced the IP address to Weaver’s apartment and served a search warrant yesterday. Post Miranda, Weaver reportedly provided the passcodes to two cell phones and provided several email addresses and two Snapchat accounts. When the video from the tip was described to him, Weaver reportedly said he didn’t remember it, but when he was shown sanitized screenshots from the video, he said he recognized it and had uploaded and shared it with another Snapchat user. He reportedly said he originally found the video on Twitter.

Weaver reportedly said he has viewed and distributed child sexual abuse material before, possibly 10 to 20 videos since January 2023, and that he has distributed videos to at least one other person besides the one in Snapchat. Weaver reportedly said he’s not a threat to society because he doesn’t actually like to be around children because they’re too loud.

A search of one of Weaver’s phones reportedly produced 44 child sexual abuse videos, ranging from 12 seconds to almost 19 minutes in length. Analysis of the phone reportedly showed that he had just viewed one of the videos the previous evening.

Judge Thomas Jaworski set bail at $600,000.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • These poor children are being robbed of their lives. He deserves life in prison.

  • Statistically speaking, just from what I’ve observed on the Alachua Chronicles crime report, and a bit of my own opinion, There’s just not many African American men charged and arrested for these kinds of things.
    It’s almost always those good ole White Boys,
    And of course the occasional Asian.

  • One more thing,,,,,,
    Giving GPD officers the code to unlock your phone/devices is NOT gonna help you…..even if they said it would 😜
    But now, thankfully GPD, and ASO, and Law Enforcement Agencies from around our vicinity can use that information to be going after all your “Good Ole Boy” buddies that you shared this stuff with.
    So let me ask you something, “Scooter”…..
    Did you pray to Jesus while sitting in the video courtroom? While you was waiting to see the first appearance judge? Did Jesus Hear Ya?
    See, I’d like to take a moment and commend you for a bit of ministry work.
    Because hopefully, all your Good Ole Homeboys that you shared that stuff with online, will sit in that room.
    That room is a very very blessed room. When those boys get there, (and eventually they will) to that video courtroom, It’s and absolute miracle everytime for guys like you.
    Ya’ll just start praying.
    But only at the moment described above. Jesus ain’t in your life at no other point in time.
    So, I’ll give a bit of credit where credit is due.

  • He’ll be popular with the boys in prison. The sad thing is that he’ll probably enjoy it. I hope his ass gets ripped wide open and infected and with all the known STD’s as well.

  • The mugshot expression says it all. Lock him up before it’s too late.

  • The prison “Welcoming Committee” will be looking forward to his arrival. As will the dudes in gen pop

  • Crazy….that little comment about how kids are loud shows you what he’ll do if he had a kid…..shut him up and do things to him… crazy…. hopefully them boys do some things to him in that cell ……ik these co’s gone say sum to them inmates….they have too, y’all have kids as well…. brothers and sisters….crazy world we live in right


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