Art Vitasek, Representative Jim Weiers' Favorite Pedophile, is Heading to Prison...For 559 Years

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Convicted sex offender Arthur Vitasek and state Representative Jim Weiers were besties for more than 20 years. One of Vitasek's many victims said Weiers encouraged him to not tell police about the abuse.
A convicted child molester -- who once was "mentored" by Republican state Representative Jim Weiers -- was in Maricopa County Superior Court this morning, where he was sentenced to some pretty serious prison time.

Judge Peter Reinstein sentenced Arthur Vitasek to 559 years in prison after he was convicted of multiple counts of sex-with-a-kid related crimes.

According to various news reports from the time of Vitasek's 2006 arrest, from 1990 until 2005, Vitasek molested several young boys -- ranging in age from 7-15 -- in Mesa, Paradise Valley, and Phoenix.

An Amber Alert was issued for Vitasek in January 2005 when he was on the run with an 11-year-old traveling companion. The boy was later found at an apartment in Tempe, but Vitasek was long gone.

Vitasek remained one of Arizona's most-wanted fugitives for nearly a year. He was arrested in Texas on sexual assault charges in September of 2006. When he was arrested, Vitasek was using the alias "Rich Loper."

Authorities in Texas determined that "Loper" was actually Vitasek, and that he was wanted in Arizona on dozens of child molestation charges.

In November, Vitasek was convicted of each of the more than 30 charges.

Despite being a violent pervert, Vitasek had a pretty powerful friend in Arizona -- a friend who once was accused of trying to cover up Vitasek's crimes.

Weiers and Vitasek had been friends since 1979. The two met when Weiers hired Vitasek to work at a restaurant he owned in eastern Texas. Weiers told police in 2006 that he was impressed with Vitasek's hard work and moved by his rough childhood -- so he became Vitasek's "mentor."

Vitasek eventually moved in with Weiers, his wife, and their young child in the Weiers' Texas home. Two years after Weiers moved to Arizona, in 1989, Vitasek moved, too -- again, living with Weiers, his wife, and their growing family, which then included three young children.

Vitasek stayed with the Weiers for a few months before finding his own place.

After it was revealed that Vitasek was routinely molesting children, several of the victims alerted police to Vitasek's relationship with Weiers, who was then the speaker of the House.

One victim even told police that Weiers encouraged him to not talk to police about the abuse he suffered at the hands of the representative's pal.

"I deny ever trying to . . . suggest that [the victim] not cooperate with the authorities," Weiers said of the allegations at the time. "To go ahead and suggest that I'm anything other than what I've been is absolutely wrong."

Weiers was never charged with a crime. Read more about the alleged coverup here.

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Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

I know art first hand, and he really was a child molester, im just a sad family members who is angered by his actions so im trying to pin them on weiers, weiers is actually a really good guy, and gave him job and tryed to help him, no one knew art was that kind of guy, im sorry for all my nasty comments im just really beat up over arts sick nasty choices since im so close to him....

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

What a sick sack of shit this guy is.

The pedophille is bad enough, but an enabler? those are worse.

A Friend
A Friend

Get a life and a job people. You cannot Judge anyone if you do not know that person. Have you actually talked to Jim? Unless you know a person keep your trap shut. Your opionion does not matter.  

Hock
Hock

I'm sure this dude was a victim of Weiers when he was a kid.   

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

So Weiers was buddies with a pedophile and made his money with a predatory lending business. (auto loans)

Just the qualities I look for in a leader.

Stacy
Stacy

Jim Weiers has a whole lot more that hasn't been disclosed.  Can you check out the connections between ADOT yard properties and also his predatory lending payday loans?  He's a loan shark does those and title loans.  He's a scumbag.

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

who ever put this in here with my name--havingfunintexasbuddy--is sick as jim and arthur is! you are a sick individual-probably jim! you sicko!   for your information i was molested too!  by you jim!  you sicko---the above statement was not written by me-havingfunintexasbuddy---someone else--who is deranged and sick--wrote this and made a FAKE sign on with the beginning as havingfunintexasbuddy.  and who ever you are--probably jim!-you are a sick person!  i hope you go to prison for life as well if you are jim! sicko!

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

i bet money this above statement is jim himself--its you isnt it jim?  you know what--you are even sicker than i thought you were!  better watch out--you will be going to prison next sicko!  there are many people in phoenix who now know what you really are--not including you new and past victims!

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

im sorry, i just made it all up, im a sick sad excuse for human being, i know art and i was just trying push blame on someone else...

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

i know first hand and i can tell you jim is a molester of boys and is a FREAK!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I can judge people via their actions, just like anyone else can. I read this as the guy is typical for slimy republicans. What does having a job have to do with posting an opinion on line about a slimy sack of shit?

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

You are judged by the "friend[s]" you keep. Budding up to a pederast like Vitasek, who appeared on AMW, is the worst thing you can do. It should be political suicide for any rogue demagogue.

A Friend
A Friend

And also he is not a loan shark!!! It is called helping people that have bad credit to get a vehicle  and reestablish their credit smarty pants!!!!!! More then you are probably doing in life I bet

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

he was!  in corsicana texas. where jim owned kbobs and where he first hired arthur and molested arthur when he was only 16 years old and VERY nieve--he had not yet even had a girlfriend when jim MOLESTED him and MANY other young boys in corsicana texas at kbobs.  i know first hand about this so just take my word for it--JIM IS A FREAK! AND A MOLESTER OF BOYS AND IM SURE IS STILL MOLESTING BOYS NOW!

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

i agree with you totally!  look him up. all the things he did in corsicana, palestine and marshall texas.  his name is MUD here!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Now that the Republican candidates are in the self destruct setting, one of their own has come up with the perfect description of Republican "Business Ethics"

Vulture Capitalism. 

Thank you Gov. Perry, and I'm sure Pres. Obama thanks you too.

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

this is not me-havingfunintexasbuddy--this is someone making a FAKE handle on here with the beginning as havingfunintexasbuddy--real easy for someone to do they can just put something behind the name handle as it will only show as far as havingfunintexasbuddy and the rest will not show up on here so they can put numbers or something behind it and it wont show up!  i think this is you jim doing this and if it is you--you are a sick pedofile who i wish goes to prison real soon with arthur!   why dont you come back to texas where your name is MUD!  do it here again you wont get away with you sicko behavior anymore in texas!

Lisamartinez67
Lisamartinez67

This is stupid I worked with art as well and didn't think he was a child molester people tend tp belive the best in people

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

in fact if someone you know shows up on AMW you had better tell them where they are at, and maybe the public can forgive you.

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

you need to know more about jim. how do you know him? you are his friend?  better not leave your sons alone with him if you have sons because he WILL molest him--i can assure you of this. he left MANY victims in his wake in texas!

Lisamartinez67
Lisamartinez67

I knew this guy too and I didnt know he was doing this jim is one of the best people I know and people have hi intrest because they created there own credit u don't pay people u get hi intrest rates have anything to say my name is Lisa martinez

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

right. and what interest does he charge them? 5X what a normal person with good credit gets?

Bmxer345
Bmxer345

having fun in texas huh? your probably authurs family member, it must be case since your spending your entire day and night commenting on everything, your a sick and sad individual who is mad your friend or family member was a sicko pedo and your just trying to pin it on someone so you dont feel so bad about how it turned out

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

not me--and you are not an idiot you are right no track!  the above statement is a FAKE handle for havingfunintexasbuddy!

Curios
Curios

 I was wondering the same thing (If you are a victim why did you not go to the police? And why have no others come forward either?) How many years ago was this?  Seems funny that you and the supposedly other victims never reported the abuse. Very suspicious to me that you are alleging crimes against you and others but never did anything about it. Please respond.

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

you dont have to take my word for this just look it up at the corsicana texas--navarro county--courthouse---jim owned the kbobs here and all he employed mostly was boys--and all of them became his victims--all now gay--and sick-because of jim!

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

your wrong and dont know what you are talking about! im not sure who you are but if this is jim too then i hope you get caught real soon!

Howdumb
Howdumb

your his vicitim too? what bull crap if you were you would have gone to police, your just a liar and trying to cover up the facts, art is a sick man, and someone helped him out and had no idea what type of person he was and now hes paying price of being a good guy by being blamed for arts sick nature of liking children, and broke his arm, thats dumbest crap iv ever heard in my life, that kinda crap doesnt go un-noticed, and the fact it was is because it wasnt true you sick individual

Jason
Jason

Now that you know he's a convicted child molester, what do you think of him now?

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

Being in denial, the refusal to accept the facts, no matter how horrific it is. Is what I call "stupid". It is people like you within society, who are part of this epidemic problem. Protecting, aiding and abetting such abhorrent child predators. You should be guilty by association.

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

you worked with arthur?  did you know about what jim did to him in corsicana texas when jim owned a restaurant in corsicana texas called kbobs. jim is a real SCUMBAG and has a bad name for himself here in texas!  keep your sons away from jim!  he is a freak and his wife knew what he was doing here---as arthur revealed it to her when they lived in marshall texas--and jim beat arthur up and broke his arm because of him telling jims wife about what he did to him--molesting him!  i know this first hand--im jims victim too!

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

no you are wrong arthur deserved all the time in prison he got because two wrongs dont make a right!  im just saying that the original perpatrator who made all this happen and who turned arthur into what he is now--jim--needs to be put away forever as well so that he does not make MORE victims--you should want the same thing unless you are sick too!

Havingfunintexasisamoron
Havingfunintexasisamoron

havingfunintexas your a pathetic excuse for a human, you just sit here commenting on everything negatively, your a loser, and you probably know that art guy and just wanna try and pin the blame on someone else so you feel better about yourself, you freakin loser

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

You do not know Jim like you think you do!  Just like you did not know Arthur like you thought you did. I have known Jim since he lived in Corsicana Texas and owned Kbobs restaurant. He molested MANY young boys in this town including ARTHUR and i am sure he is still doing it!  He is a VERY bad man. I am telling you this so you will know to watch your sons and keep them safe.  You should listen to what im telling you!  I know all this first hand ok?  I would never say these things lightly!  Get away from Jim!  Ask your sons if anything has happened to them!  Watch out!

LISAMARTINEZ67
LISAMARTINEZ67

THIS IS SO STUPID JIM IS NOTHING LIKE THIS U NEED TO GROW UP AND GET UR STORY STRAIGHT AND STOP MAKING THIS THINGS UP ABOUT PEOPLE AND I DO HAVE BOYS AND GUESS WHAT THERE FIGHTING FOR UR RIGHT TO WRITE THIS TRASH

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

Political hacks like Jim Weiers are the best liars on the planet. This is probably why you were duped and kept in the dark, while the horrors persisted behind closed doors.
You need denounce and detest Weirs at any cost. He is despicable as he is abhorrent.

LISAMARTINEZ67
LISAMARTINEZ67

HOW DO U THINK I FEEL IDIOT I HATE IT BUT SO DOES JIM YOU TRUST SOMEONE AND THEN U FIND OUT THIS IS TRUE U QUESTION UR SELF BUT I GOOD PERSON AND ILL BE OK I RAISED THREE SONS AND U CAN BET I KNEW HOW TO NOT LET ANY ONE EVEN CLOSE TO THEM 

Jason
Jason

Jim Weiers is a douchebag, through and through. This disgusting excuse of a man, Vitasek, should have been castrated.

Time to boot Jim Weiers.

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

this is not me--havingfunintexasbuddy--its and imposter pretending to be me. very easy to do on the internet--jim is a douchbag and i AGREE with everything PTCGAZ has said on here.  jim if this is you putting all this fake info on here then you are even sicker than i thought you were---turn yourself in jim!  stop making more victims that turn into pedofile freaks like you!

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

Yeah PTCGAZ is a idiot, you dont know anything about loans so why are you wasting your time? oh btw Weiers is a exceptional human being who has helped tons of peoples and helped art and is getting short end of the stick due to art turning out to be a sicko

Timevens12
Timevens12

you a moron PTCGAZ? of course interest rates are high, the people who have to get loans from secondary companys because their credit is so bad a bank wont give them a loan, so of course the interest is high, because there is a high chance the people wont even finish paying off their loan, thats how they got bad credit in the first place, by poorly managing their money and not paying their loans or credit cards

Havingfunintexasbuddy
Havingfunintexasbuddy

all NOT TRUE!  and i have to put this on here to let as many people as possible know about jim so they can protect the young men in their lives so they dont become victims-turned pedofiles as well.

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