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Massachusetts man sentenced for luring 15-year-old Bemidji girl for sex

A 26-year-old Attleboro, Mass., man was sentenced to jail Thursday after pleading guilty to luring a 15-year-old Bemidji girl to Attleboro for sex.

David Weller was sentenced in Attleboro District Court to 15 months of a 2 1/2-year jail term by Judge Stephen Ostrach.

The balance of the jail term was suspended with probation for five years with the condition that he obtain a sex offender evaluation while in jail with counseling, if it is ordered.

He must also register as a sex offender, have no contact with the victim or children under 16 other than his own and wear a GPS monitoring bracelet while on probation.

In addition, Weller, who moved from Alabama to Attleboro around February, is wanted in that state for allegedly sodomizing a 5-year-old boy. A fugitive from justice warrant has been lodged against Weller in the Alabama case. In the Attleboro case, Weller, who was living at 41 Dunham St. in Attleboro before his arrest in April, allegedly arranged for a 15-year-old runaway from Bemidji to come to Providence and meet him for sex after two weeks of sexually explicit conversations by computer and cell phone, authorities said.

The girl was bound for Providence by bus April 24 but was intercepted by authorities in Chicago when her mother reported her missing. Police later learned she was going to meet a man identified as the defendant.

Weller was arrested early in the morning on April 26 at the Kennedy Plaza bus station by Attleboro and Providence police after Attleboro Detective Russell Castro identified him by calling his cell phone, authorities said.

Weller was given credit for the more than seven months he has served in jail on bail, so he will have to serve about eight months.

Prosecutor Kenneth Clark requested a two-year committed sentence while Weller's lawyer, Richard Silva Jr. of Fall River, had asked the judge to free him with time served.