Amber Alert abduction suspect accused of child sex abuse; has history of working with children

Posted at 9:43 PM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-11 23:43:57-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old Ogden boy worked as a school teacher in Utah for years.

Weston Kubbe, 37, of Murray, was arrested after an Amber Alert was issued in South Ogden for a missing child. The child was found at Best Buy in Murray and Kubbe was arrested near his house a few blocks away.

He was booked into the Weber County Jail on charges including child kidnapping, aggravated sexual abuse of a child and enticing a minor by internet or text.

Sgt. Wil DeHart said detectives are looking into all aspects of Kubbe’s life, including if there is a history of enticing children and if there are any other victims.

Kubbe has an extensive history working with kids.  From 2001-07, he worked in an afterschool program for the Murray School District. After the grant funding for the program ended, he worked intermittently as a substitute teacher in the Murray School District from 2007-08.

He also worked for the Jordan School District for the 2007-08 school year. Some of those days were in a school that is now part of the Canyons School District.

Kubbe was also registered to work as a sub in the Granite School District in the 2007-08 school year.

“Statistics are one in five kids are sexually solicited online,” said Michelle Busch-Upwall and education specialist with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

She warns parents to monitor their kids social media accounts, download the same apps they have on their phones and start an open conversation to warn their children about online predators.

“It makes access so much easier to our kids so we’ve got to let them know, personal information, we don’t want to put all that personal information online. We want to make sure our accounts are private accounts,” Busch-Upwall said.

South Ogden Police say the 11-year-old victim’s parents, though separated, are involved and active in their son’s life.

“A predator was able to sneak between the parents and was able to get him out of the house,” DeHart said.