Steven Demink, a former used car salesman from Redford Township, Michigan, was recently sentenced in Federal court to life in prison for enticing 7 moms to sexually abuse 12 of their own children. Demink created a fake online persona of Dalton St. Clair, a young, single father. He used this persona to meet single mothers online and get them to trust him. In one case, Demink pretended to be a psychologist and told one of the mothers that it could help her deal with her mentally-ill child if she got closer to the child. Demink encouraged all the moms to sexually abuse their own children and send images or live video of the molestation to Demink. Criminal charges were also filed against the mothers.
Demink was caught when one of the children confided to his grandmother that his mom had forced him to remove his clothing. Police investigation led to Demink and his role in this internet sex scheme. Most good criminal defense lawyers know that internet based sex crimes impose very significant penalties. For Demink, this was certainly true as United States District Court Judge Gerald Rosen sentenced him to life in prison. United States Attorney Barbara McQuade commented, “This sentence reflects the outrageous harm this predator inflicted on innocent children. In some ways, the defendant has already imposed a life sentence on them.”
If you have the slightest hint that the police are investigating you for a Michigan sex crime or federal sex crime, a computer crime or a child pornography crime, now is the time to get an experienced, tough lawyer. Expert attorneys will jump in right away and begin your defense immediately. All sex crimes carry very stiff penalties, including prison time, probation, parole, and registration on Michigan’s sex offender registry. Your lawyer will be your advocate in and out of court.