ROME, N.Y. — State police arrested a man who allegedly forced a
15-year-old girl to perform oral sex after she walked off the site of
Woodstock '99, and another man has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse on the
festival grounds, officials said.
The Associated Press reported that police are now investigating
eight alleged rapes connected to Woodstock, but a state police officer said
Tuesday (Aug. 3) he was aware of only four — the same number police
said they were investigating last week.
The officer, who declined to be named, said police also are investigating a
variety of crimes related to the riot that ended the festival.
"We're reviewing film [of the concert] and following leads," he said.
According to a complaint filed by state police investigator Richard Dodge,
Timothy Weeden, a 26-year-old prison guard from Rome, is accused of forcing
a 15-year-old girl to perform fellatio on him early in the morning of July
26, as police were trying to control the riot. Court documents indicate
that Weeden was arrested shortly after the incident, which took place
behind a Nice N Easy convenience store located just outside the Woodstock
Weeden is being held at Oneida County Jail, charged with felony counts of
sodomy, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, according to
Oneida County District Attorney Michael Arcuri. Court records show that
Weeden has not yet entered a plea. Arcuri said he did not know if
Weeden had attended Woodstock '99.
Woodstock festival-goer Gary Price, 53, of Syracuse, N.Y., was arrested
July 24 on a sexual-abuse charge, according to court documents. Court
clerks and the district attorney refused to diclose details of the crime, citing state laws
protecting the confidentiality of sex-crime victims.
Price pleaded guilty and is expected to receive a sentence of six months'
probation, according to Arcuri.
As acting director of a crisis shelter run by the social-services group
Family of Woodstock, Becky Fike counseled many sexual-assault victims at
the festival. She said she was glad for the arrests.
"Those are the ones that got reported and went far enough that there were
arrests," Fike said. "There were many that went unreported. Hopefully [the
suspects] will be convicted."
Among the alleged rapes reported by eyewitnesses and counselors at the
festival were two that took place in the mosh pit while Korn and Limp
Bizkit performed on July 23 and July 24, respectively.
Woodstock organizers Michael Lang, John Scher and Ossie Kilkenny said in a
statement last week, "We're shocked and dismayed by the allegations of
sexual abuse and we're doing everything we can do to help the
investigation, including handing over all the video tape and any records
that we have. If the alleged perpetrators are caught, we hope that they
will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.''
Capt. John Wood, who is heading those investigations, did not return
repeated calls for comment.
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