On December 12, 2020 the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office of a sexual assault of a 12-year-old mentally handicapped female that occurred in Jackson County, FL. The victim had been taken to a hospital in Bay County by her father after he learned of the alleged sexual assault for her to receive medical treatment. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Gulf Coast Sexual Assault Team which conducted a forensic exam in order to collect potential forensic evidence. Following the exam an interview was conducted with the child by a Child Protection Team Case Coordinator. The case was then transferred to an Investigator with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office who continued the investigation.
As a result of the investigation a search warrant was obtained for the residence of Chip Wayne Weeks located on Sandridge Church Road in Grand Ridge, FL. It was also determined through the investigation that Weeks was currently on state probation for possession of illegal narcotics. On the morning of December 18, 2020, Investigators with the JCSO Criminal Investigations Division and Drug Task Force executed the search warrant. Numerous evidentiary items containing possible forensic evidence were collected. During the search several items consistent with illegal narcotics use were observed within the residence. At this time a second search warrant was obtained for illegal narcotics and narcotic paraphernalia. Investigators also located a loaded 9mm handgun, handgun ammunition, a quantity of methamphetamine, several smoking pipes, a digital scale and several small zip lock baggies consistent with illegal narcotics activity.
As a result of the investigation Weeks was taken into custody and placed in the Jackson County Correctional Facility awaiting first appearance.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center for their assistance with this investigation.