WEST OCEAN CITY — The former O.C. Jamboree in West Ocean City owner, who pleaded guilty in February to two counts of producing child pornography, was sentenced on Friday to 36 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release.
David Edward Weatherholtz, 57, of Berlin, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Friday to 36 years in federal prison. Weatherholtz, the former owner of the now-defunct O.C. Jamboree in West Ocean City, pleaded guilty in February to two counts of producing child pornography. He was facing as many as 50 years combined for the two counts.
According to the plea agreement reached in February, from at least August 1990 through his arrest and indictment in 2015, Weatherholtz had sexual contact or sexual intercourse with at least four minors including family members and a child whom he mentored and taught while he owned and operated the O.C. Jamboree theater business in West Ocean City. The O.C. Jamboree business was later sold at auction last August for $950,000 to a local business man who announced plans for a brewery on the site although no formal plans have yet come forward for the vacant property.
On Dec. 3, 2014, an undercover detective with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office responded to a sexually explicit ad placed on an Internet website. Records obtained from the website identified Weatherholtz as the individual who posted the advertisement and further indicated the ad was one of many posted by Weatherholtz from 2009 to 2014 for the purpose of meeting young males interested in sex.
According to the plea agreement, Weatherholtz and the undercover detective exchanged emails and text messages in which the detective identified himself as a 13-year-old deaf white male who loved with his aunt in Snow Hill. Weatherholtz arranged to meet the purported 13-year-old male at a restaurant in Snow
Hill on Dec. 16, 2014 and indicated he would then take the boy back to his residence.
When Weatherholtz arrived at the meeting location, he was taken into custody. A search warrant was also executed at Weatherholtz’s home and law enforcement seized numerous computers, hard drives and other media storage devices. Subsequent forensic analysis of those items resulted in the recovery of numerous still photographs and a video of Weatherholtz engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a minor male victim. The images and video indicate the sexual abuse began when the victim was 12 years old and that Weatherholtz met the victim through his work as a musician, music teacher and owner of the O.C. Jamboree.
After the O.C. Jamboree was sold last August, an employee of the new owner who was cleaning out the long-vacant business found a box on the property that was addressed to “Aaron Weatherholtz,” who was the defendant’s dog, and listed the sender as one of Weatherholtz’s relatives. Inside the box were photos of minor males engaged in sexual acts, sheets of paper called “official progress reports” that showed dated and hand-drawn pictures, CDs and DVDs and two VHS-compatible camcorder cassette tapes.
A review of those items revealed three other minor males engaged in sexually explicit conduct including a video of Weatherholtz engaged in sexually explicit conduct with two minor family members. After the new evidence came to light last August, Weatherholtz was indicted a second time with various new counts added. Weatherholtz faced 16 total counts ranging from production of child pornography to possession of child pornography to attempted enticement.