Cops say a Michigan man manipulated women in three states to molest their own children and let him view by webcam or photographs the women took of the sex acts.
Steven Demink, 41, of Redford Township, Michigan was jailed yesterday after U.S. Magistrate Mona K. Majzoub said he was a flight risk and "a cyber predator of the worst kind; he is a danger to society, and virtually all children are at risk."
Demink is facing three child pornography charges after allegedly having online relationships with three women from Idaho, Florida and New Hampshire, and manipulating them into molesting their young children, according to freep.com.
Court records said Demink met the women on a single parents website, posing as "Dalton St. Clair", a father of a 14-year-old daughter. He then proceeded to get the women to molest their children and take photos of the acts or let him watch it live by webcam.
The Detroit News reported that in the Florida case, Demink pretended to be a psychologist telling the mother he could help her deal with her 13-year-old son who had "mental health issues."
"Dalton gave the mother instructions that escalated from cuddling to nudity and, eventually, assaulting her son, according to the affidavit."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Mulcahy said the three women are "being criminally prosecuted in their states."
The Detroit News said the mother in Idaho has been convicted of molesting her 5-year-old son, while the other two mothers have been arrested on sex charges.
Mulcahy convinced the judge to lock Demink up until his preliminary examination on October 28. He argued, "He needs only Internet access and the power of his mind to exploit children. There is no way to protect children in this country from Mr. Demink short of incarceration."
Demink's lawyer tried to get the judge to let his client go by stating that Demink had no criminal record, and he could live with his parents who were "standing by him."
Demink could get at least 30 years in prison if he is convicted.
Brian M. Moskowitz, special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Detroit, investigated the Demink case. He said, "Homeland Security Investigations special agents are committed to protecting our children from sexual exploitation regardless of the source, be it an online predator or a trusted family member. We will continue to aggressively pursue and hold accountable individuals involved in this vile behavior."
According to Web Newswire, Demink used to work for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, but was arrested Thursday at Riteway Automotive in Waterford where he worked as a used car salesman.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents found hundreds of videos and images of suspected child pornography at Demink's home last month after going in with a search warrant. Several children were identified and removed from their homes. "Names of the children and their parents are being withheld as the investigation is ongoing."
However, WTKR reported that a Virginia Beach woman, 41-year-old Rebecca Nail, is now linked to Demink. She was using an email address in Virginia Beach that was initially opened in New Hampshire. There were porn images of her and an underaged boy found in both her home and Demink's.
"This investigation is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers."
Report suspected child predators by calling the toll free ICE hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE.