TAMPA — A former employee of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday for using a cell phone and computer to arrange sex with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
Brian Weiss, 39, of Tampa, a luxury suite salesman for the Bucs before he was fired last year after his arrest, also was sentenced to 10 years supervised release after he finishes serving the prison term. He must also register as a sexual offender.
Weiss was arrested in a June 2011 sting in Clermont by a law enforcement officer posing as the 14-year-old online, prosecutors said.
Weiss, whose attorney said has no previous criminal record, claimed he never intended to have sex with the girl, but prosecutors noted that he was carrying condoms at the time of his arrest. A jury convicted him in March.
The sting, which also netted 31 other arrests, was called Operation Summer Nights by the Lake County Sheriff's Office.