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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 5, 2016

Lawton Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Using Internet to Send Obscene Communications to a Minor

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma CHARLES MICHAEL SEGALOFF (a/k/a "Michael Makai,” "Mike Sage,” "Daddy,” "Papa," and "Master"), age 60, of Lawton, Oklahoma was sentenced yesterday to twenty-four months in federal prison (the statutory maximum prison term allowable for the offense) for sending offensive material to an individual under 18 years of age, announced Mark A. Yancey, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. 

According to a superseding information, filed on March 31, 2016,  Segaloff knowingly used an interactive computer service (Facebook) from January 19, 2015, to December 15, 2015, to send obscene interstate communications to a person under 18 years of age.  Specifically, Segaloff sent messages to the victim requesting, suggesting, and proposing that she engage in a sexual, polyamorous, and Bondage, Discipline/Domination, Sadism/Submission, and Masochism (BDSM) relationship in which she would be a submissive and he would be the dominant. 

According to the original indictment filed on January 19, 2016, from December 7, 2015, through December 15, 2015, Segaloff traveled from Lawton, Oklahoma, to Greenwich, New York, and returned to Lawton with this female juvenile for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct and to form a polyamorous family. 

On April 1, 2016, Segaloff pled guilty to the superseding information.  He stipulated in a plea agreement that he will be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).  Segaloff further stipulated that his conduct violated Oklahoma law in that he facilitated, encouraged, offered, and solicited sexual conduct with the minor by use of technology, a violation which subjects him to having to register as a sex offender in the State of Oklahoma. 

According to an affidavit accompanying a complaint, Segaloff was previously convicted in the State of Washington for second-degree assault with sexual motivation.  The affidavit also stated that Segaloff has published a number of books on BDSM under the alias "Michael Makai" and according to a profile on Amazon.com is "a lifestyle Dominant for 37 years, a behind-the-scenes mentor and educator on BDSM and D/s for decades, and has been active in dozens of fetish lifestyle organizations in Europe and the U.S."

On August 4, 2016, Chief District Judge Joe Heaton sentenced Segaloff to the statutory maximum:  24 months in prison and one year of supervised release.  He has been in federal custody since December 22, 2015.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lawton Police Department, and the New York State Police.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicholas J. Patterson and Matthew B. Dillon and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Stoneman.

Reference is made to public filings for further information.

Topic(s): 
Cyber Crime
Updated August 8, 2016