by Valerie Verkamp
A military service member who receives training at the United States Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth finds himself charged with a crime in civilian court and may also end up in military court for acts he allegedly committed against a minor in Platte City.
The Platte County Prosecutor's Office has charged William F. Weiland, 40, with a Class C felony of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree.
According to allegations spelled out in court documents, Weiland answered a knock on the door of his apartment in the 2900 block of Williamsburg Terrace on Saturday about 4 p.m. A seven-year-old female requested to borrow two eggs so that her babysitter could use them in baking cupcakes. Weiland obliged and allegedly told the young girl to bring him a cupcake when they were finished.
At about 5:10 p.m., the girl returned to Weiland's apartment with a cupcake. When Weiland answered the door, he allegedly grabbed the child and pushed her into a recliner, causing her to hit her head on a coffee table.
Authorities say Weiland locked the door and placed a blindfold over the girl’s eyes. Weiland allegedly offered the minor ice cream and told her to open her mouth. The victim declined to do so and said her father would not want her to consume the ice cream.
Weiland allegedly told the victim he didn’t care what her father wanted.
According to the allegations, while Weiland was in the kitchen, the girl removed the blindfold and unlocked the door. The minor successfully returned to her babysitter’s apartment.
While being interviewed by police, the young girl described a black-topped bottle containing a tan liquid sitting on the coffee table. She described the blindfold as being gray.
While executing a search warrant at Weiland’s residence, a bottle of Kilo brand spiced rum was discovered in a cabinet beneath the sink. The bottle had a black top and contained a tan liquid, authorities say.
During a search of the residence, police say they recovered a gray blindfold stowed inside a drawer of a nightstand in Weiland's bedroom.
Police say Weiland told them the girl came to his residence and he invited her inside. Weiland told police that the girl asked for permission to sit on the furniture because it looked so comfortable. He told authorities he had small talk with the girl for a while and she freely left the residence.
Weiland remains in custody on a $50,000 cash-only bond. He is scheduled to appear in Platte County Circuit Court on the charge at 9 a.m. on April 8.