New charges filed against Murray man involved in Amber Alert

Weston Ray Kubbe. Photo: Weber County

WEBER COUNTY, Utah, Nov. 2, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — New charges have been filed against a man accused of kidnapping and sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy last month.

The case involving Weston Ray Kubbe of Murray prompted an Amber Alert in October, and now additional charges filed by the Weber County attorney allege there was a second victim, a 14-year-old boy.

In October, Kubbe allegedly kidnapped the 11-year-old boy and took him to his home in Murray.

The boy was discovered missing on Oct. 10 by family members who had last seen the child the previous night. The 11-year-old left a note, which his father quoted as saying, “I love you and I appreciate everything you’ve done, and I’m OK and I’ll be back soon. Unless you call 911, then I won’t be back.”

Police found Kubbe and his car that same afternoon in Murray, in the parking lot of a Best Buy store. Someone had reported seeing it after an Amber Alert was issued at about 2:30 p.m. Information shared included a description of the car and its license plate number.

Officers took Kubbe into custody, and he led them to a nearby park, where the missing boy was recovered.

The new charges involve a 14-year-old boy who also went to Kubbe’s home, according to South Ogden police.

According to court documents the 14-year-old met with Kubbe twice, once in September and once in October. Police said the 14-year-old said he smoked pot both times, and during the first meeting, Kubbe touched him inappropriately.

On the second occasion, the 14-year-old told police that he went to Kubbe’s house on Oct. 8 and the 11-year-old was there. The 14-year-old claimed in addition to smoking marijuana, Kubbe allegedly gave the boys gummy candy laced with THC.

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Kubbe, 37, was charged in 2nd District Court in October with two counts of first-degree felony child kidnapping, first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child, and second-degree felony enticing a minor.

The new charges involving the 14-year-old are two counts of second-degree felony kidnapping, two counts third-degree felony exposing a child or vulnerable adult to a controlled substance, and four counts of third-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person.

Police have said they have 478 pages worth of online conversations between Kubbe and the 11-year-old boy.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Kubbe had any other victims. A statement from Murray City School District Wednesday night stated Kubbe was employed by the MCSD from 2001-2007 as part of a 21st Century grant program. When that program ended after a few years he was a substitute teacher intermittently through 2007. The statement added: “His background check was clear and when he left employment with us it was on his own volition.”

More recently, Kubbe has worked as a computer technician for multiple companies and for the Utah government.

Kubbe remains in the Weber County jail and will return to court Nov. 16 for a bail hearing.

Anyone with additional information about Kubbe is asked to call South Ogden Police at 801-622-2800.

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