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One Man Arrested, Another Pleads Guilty To Woodstock Sex Crimes

Prison guard accused of forcing 15-year-old to perform oral sex off festival grounds.

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

grounds.

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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