An auxiliary officer for the Granite City Police Department who is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl was supposed to be mentoring her to become a cop, according to a detective’s affidavit.
The girl told her foster mother in March that Michael Weis, 35, had sexually assaulted her both at his Granite City home and his not-yet-opened business, The Game Room, according to Detective Dean Bastilla’s statement.
The teenager said she met Weis through her mother — who knew Weis from a previous job — and began talking to him through Facebook in December 2016 about her interest in becoming a police officer.
Shortly after, the teenager told police, the two connected on Snapchat, and he began picking her up at her foster home for weekly auxiliary police training sessions.
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In the affidavit, obtained Thursday by the News-Democrat, Bastilla wrote that Weis asked the girl for nude photos of herself through Snapchat, but she did not want to send them. Weis did, however, send naked photos of himself to her, according to the detective.
“She stated she sent him one of her butt in underwear but she did not want to send him other pictures,” the detective wrote in the affidavit. “(She) stated that Weis sent her pictures of his penis. He also sent her messages asking her what types of sexual acts she had engaged in and if she was a virgin. He told her he wanted to engage in sexual acts with her.”
The abuse escalated, Bastilla wrote, toward the end of January and into early February. The girl told police he took her to The Game Room, 3361 Fehling Road, several times after the police training sessions. There, the girl told police, he sexually assaulted her in the back room.
The back room of the business had surveillance cameras filming the encounters, the teenager said.
Weis’ attorney, James Hackett, has filed a motion stating that Granite City Police Chief Rich Miller made public comments that Weis was not an auxiliary police officer when the offenses are alleged to have happened.
“We had conflicts with him before this happened,” Miller said of Weis, according to Hackett’s motion.
In Hackett’s motion, he requested documents from the police department including records pertaining to Weis’ time as an auxiliary officer and the conflicts mentioned by Miller.
Granite City police officers reported finding law enforcement gear and clothing during a search of Weis’ home. Items in the evidence list included hats, a portable radio, reflective safety vest, badge, bulletproof vest, uniform shirt and a polo shirt.
Granite City police officials did immediately return calls for comment.
According to the Granite City Police Department’s Facebook page, auxiliary police officers are uniformed members of the department who “provide assistance at public events and major incidents as needed.”
The Game Room, which was set to open around the time the charges were filed against Weis, has since deleted the company’s Facebook page.
Weis faces two charges of aggravated sexual abuse and three counts of sexual assault. He has pleaded not guilty.
A man who shares Weis’ last name posted a $25,000 cash bond on March 23 for Weis’ release from jail in Madison County.
His bond conditions stated that while he may have no contact with minors or the girl, a judge granted a modification on June 22 so that Weis could visit with his family in the presence of his 14-year-old nephew.