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Vape store worker sentenced to prison for possessing nude photos of teen


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REXBURG — A convicted sex offender was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday morning for possessing sexually exploitative material containing a child.

Judge Alan Stephens ordered 42-year-old Michael Weathers of Idaho Falls to serve a period of five years fixed and seven years indeterminate after Weathers admitted to having nude photos of a teenage girl.

Weathers worked at The Vaping Outlet in Rexburg when he received the naked pictures in exchange for vaping items last August.


Triston Smith-Eisermann

The teen’s boyfriend, Triston Smith-Eisermann, 18, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor injury to a child charge in February for providing the photos to Weathers. Smith-Eisermann was originally charged with a sexual exploitation of a child but entered a plea agreement with Madison County prosecutors.

Weathers is a registered sex offender in Bannock County for a sexual abuse of a child under 16 charge.

He has an extensive criminal history including burglary, grand theft and other charges, according to the Idaho Repository.