Maryville man arrested after Fla. child sex abuse investigation

Maryville man arrested in Knox County after Fla. child sex abuse investigation

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Dennis Weaver (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Dennis Weaver (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Maryville man, originally from Gulf County, Fla., was arrested in Knox County Tuesday after a child molestation investigation in Florida.

Dennis Weaver, 66, was taken into custody by Knox County sheriff's deputies on fugitive from justice charges.

A court affidavit says Weaver intentionally fled to Knoxville to avoid prosecution.

Gulf County, Fla. Sheriff Mike Harrison says his office began an investigation on August 2 into child molestation allegations made against Weaver.

Investigators conducted several undercover operations, which revealed evidence against him.

Weaver faces one count of lewd or lascivious molestation on a child under 16 years of age, and three counts of lewd or lascivious battery on a child under 16 years of age.

Each offence carries punishments of up to 15 years in prison.

Weaver is currently in the Knox County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Florida.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Weaver is the owner of private airport Into the Wind in Seymour.

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