|Published:||Nov 13, 2010 12:30 AM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 12, 2010 2:18 PM EST|
ALVA, Fla. - Steven Demink, 41, of Redford, Michigan was indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit on Wednesday on 13 counts related to the Sexual Exploitation of Children.
This arrest is related to the arrest of a woman in Alva who is accused of molesting her own children, after a man she met on-line told her it would bring her closer to them.
The indictment alleges three counts each of Conspiracy to Sexually Exploit Children, Aiding and Abetting the Sexual Exploitation of Children, Online Enticement and Coercion, and Receipt of Child Pornography.
Each set of counts relates to Demink’s online relationship with mothers of young children who sexually assaulted their children at Demink’s behest. Demink used a fictitious persona of Dalton St. Clair, a young, single father, to meet single mothers online and encourage, coerce, and entice the mothers to sexually assault their children. These mothers would then send images or provide live web camera access of the conduct to Demink.
This case is a result of an HSI investigation that has spanned from Idaho, to Florida, to Virginia and involved the arrest of four mothers, and the rescue of seven children.
"This indictment underscores the fact that there will be no refuge for child sexual predators who believe they can pursue their perverse behavior with impunity online," said ICE Director John Morton. "The vile crimes alleged here are particularly troubling and gives ICE new resolve to tirelessly pursue these predators wherever they exist."
If convicted, Demink faces 15-30 years on the conspiracy and aiding and abetting charges, 5-20 years on the receipt charges, and up to 10 years on the possession charge.
Read the entire Child Exploitation Ring Indictment: http://www.winknews.com/img/media/indictment.pdf.
Picture courtesy of the US Marshals Service
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