- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska has pardoned a 25-year-old man convicted of videotaping girls using a shower at his house when he was 14.

Randy Weich was pardoned on Tuesday, and his name will be removed from the state’s sex offender registry.

Weich said he could now apologize to his victims, something his attorneys had advised him against doing before the pardon.

In 2003 he and two teenage buddies made a secret video of some female classmates using a shower at his mother’s house in Pierce. The girls learned of the tape’s existence three years later and notified police. Weich said at his pardon hearing that he never shared the tape or even played it after it was made.

In August 2007, Weich was convicted as an adult on a charge of creating child pornography and one of possessing child pornography. A pre-sentence psychological evaluation found that he was not a sexual predator and was a minimal risk to reoffend. His sentence included some jail time, mandatory counseling, 60 hours of community service and 18 months of probation. The two other boys were not charged.

Weich has been hoping to see whether he could realize his dream of playing professional football. He’d gone to Wayne State University and was a punter for the football team.

“Job opportunities will now open up, and I hopefully will have the chance to move forward with my dream of playing in the NFL. If not, this definitely opened up a bunch of opportunities,” Weich said.

More than 90 people submitted letters in support of Weich, including those from his football coaches at Pierce High School and Wayne State.