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Santa Monica talent agent accused of child molestation

Martin Weiss, 47, was arrested on charges of child molestation.

December 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A Santa Monica talent agent who specialized in child actors was arrested on child molestation charges.

Authorities said an 18-year-old man came forward claiming 47-year-old Martin Weiss repeatedly molested him over a three-year period when he was Weiss' client as an aspiring dancer.

The alleged victim said he kept it a secret for three years, fearing the disclosure would traumatize his family. The alleged crime happened when the victim was 11 to 15 years old.

Weiss was arrested at his home in Santa Monica on Tuesday and was charged with eight felony counts of child molestation. Detectives also searched his home at the time of his arrest.

Weiss is held on $800,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 15.

Authorities say there may be more victims. Anyone with information is urged to call (877) LAPD-24-7.