SOUTH OGDEN, Utah, Oct. 12, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Police say the man arrested Monday after an Amber Alert and the recovery of a missing South Ogden boy told officers he and the boy were “dating.”
Weston Ray Kubbe, 37, of Murray, was charged Wednesday in 2nd District Court with two counts of child kidnapping, a first-degree felony; aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony; and enticing a minor, a second-degree felony.
The boy was discovered missing on Monday morning 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 Monday 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. Monday. 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.
According to a probable cause statement, Kubbe waived his Miranda rights and “… confessed to having met the child online a few weeks ago, entered in a ‘dating’ relationship with the child wherein Defendant would meet the child at an area near his school, and they would ‘do things’ together.”
Kubbe also confessed, according to the statement, that on the weekend prior to his apprehension on Monday, ” … he picked up the child in Weber County and took the child to Murray for the night. Kubbe acknowledged that he knew the child’s age and that he did not have permission from the child’s parent or guardian to take the child.
Police have said they have 478 pages worth of online conversations between Kubbe and the boy.
Investigators are trying to determine whether Kubbe had any other victims. He was employed by the Murray School District as a grant employee between 2001 and 2007, and worked at Liberty Elementary, the district confirmed. He also worked as a substitute teacher between 2007 and 2012. He passed background checks, district officials said, and left of his own accord.
More recently, Kubbe has worked as a computer technician for multiple companies and for the Utah government.