REDFORD TOWNSHIP MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO
SEXUALLY EXPLOITING CHILDREN
Barbara L. McQuade, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, announced that Steven Demink, 41 of Redford, Michigan, pleaded guilty to six counts related to sexually exploiting children. Ms. McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Brian Moskowitz, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigation.
The plea agreement detailed Demink's use of a fictitious character named Dalton St. Clair, whom he described as a trained psychologist and single father of a 14 year-old girl. Using the St. Clair persona, Demink targeted single mothers on the dating website "singleparentmeet.com." Demink befriended several mothers over the course of approximately 18 months between 2009-2010. Demink, relying on St. Clair's alleged psychological training, convinced seven (7) mothers to commit sex acts on their children. These sex acts were part of a "re-training" of the children. As noted in the plea agreement, the mothers and their children were from all over the country, and the child victims ranged in age from three years old to 15 years old, and were both boys and girls.
Demink pleaded guilty to counts related to mothers from Virginia, Idaho, and Florida, and agreed that at sentencing the judge may consider conduct related to all of the children. The investigation in this case led to charges against Demink, as well as most of the seven mothers. In addition to Demink, two of the mothers have already pleaded guilty to their crimes.
United States Attorney Barbara McQuade said, “"People should be aware that child predators use the Internet as a powerful weapon, but predators should be aware that law enforcement agents possess even greater weapons to bring them to justice."
"While bringing to justice those who sexually exploit children remains a high priority for HSI, rescuing children from these abusive situations is our immediate concern," said Brian M. Moskowitz, special agent in charge of the ICE HSI in Michigan and Ohio. "We remain vigilant on behalf of those who cannot protect themselves."
Demink will be sentenced on June 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm before Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen.
McQuade praised the work of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations agents Ted Wolters and Victim Witness Coordinator Amy Allen, who traveled around the country to coordinate the investigation and charges against the mothers and the rescuing of 12 children. HSI Agents worked tirelessly in investigating this case.
Assistant United States Attorneys Kevin M. Mulcahy and Hala Jarbou are prosecuting the case for the United States.