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SC Kids' Book Author Faces New Child Sex Charges

Another alleged victim comes forward, accusing Michael W. Snyder of sexual assault. He was arrested on suspicion of similar charges this spring.

Michael William Snyder, 44, a children’s book author from San Clemente, is facing new charges of sexually assaulting a young girl.

Prosecutors said they would formally charge Snyder on Friday. He already faces charges for allegedly .

According to a press release from the district attorney’s office, the new victim—who was 9 at the time of the alleged assault—came forward with her family after

Snyder was a friend of the second girl’s family, the release said.

According to prosecutors, “Between Jan. 1, 2008, and Sept. 7, 2010, the defendant is accused having [the girl] in his San Clemente home before taking her to Sea World and orally copulating her."

The other alleged victim was a 12-year-old relative of Snyder, authorities said. "Between June 2010 and March 2011, Snyder is accused of ... rubbing her chest and stomach under her shirt on several occasions with a sexual intent and instructing her not to tell anyone," prosecutors said. "He is accused of having the victim sit on his lap and putting his hands up her shirt with the intent to sexually arouse himself or the child.”

If convicted on all counts, Snyder faces a maximum 30 years to life in state prison. He is in custody on $1 million bail.

In addition to writing books, Snyder contracted with the California Department of Developmental Services to do in-home visits with disabled children in Orange County. Anyone with additional information should contact District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at 714-347-8794.

andy September 17, 2011 at 01:55 PM
But what does it say for us who are reading articles like this, do we get our daily fix of child porn. Come one be honest now, it's stimulating isn't it.
Charles Edward September 17, 2011 at 02:12 PM
What? You think there's a bunch of "good old boys" in State prisons to take care of people that prey on children? Contrary to popular belief those places aren't filled with the likes of "Cool Hand Luke", "Gator McCloud" or a "Paul Crewe" leading a wonderful Mean Machine prison football team. That's and old wives tale.
ashiraladonai September 17, 2011 at 08:56 PM
As an incest/sexual abuse survivor myself, I can honestly say that it's not UNcommon to have people go for long stretches of time--even for life--without ever having said a word about their abuse...Why? Unless you've walked in their shoes to understand the family dynamics of it all, you wouldn't know. Typically there is either an explicit or implicit "code of silence" such situations. Sometimes disclosure on the victim's part is threatened w/ some act of retaliation (That can be real or perceived)...or just w/ the statement that people won't believe the victim (& that happens all too often); or that the victim will be "blamed" for the abuse (It's happened); or that people will take the victim as crazy (It also happens). In many families where incest occurs, there is a communication breakdown. There is no real sense of self...Enmeshment is the norm. I know from my own family history, kids are made to feel like they exist at the whim of the adults in the family, & at least within my own family, I was actually told that I was "my parents' property." (No joke). So that give you somewhat of an idea of the things victims of this abuse are up against.
ashiraladonai September 17, 2011 at 09:06 PM
I'm not going to discount the possibilty of it being an attempt at money or fame. But that said, the time may or may not be significant in that. Why? Because as an incest/sexual abuse survivor myself, it can take years--& for some disclosure never comes (So go to the grave never having told a soul)--because of all of the odds these kids have to face in coming to a point of just being able to say they were abused in the first place: not only do they have to deal w/ the guilt & shame of the acts perpetrated on them, but they have to also deal w/ people who may or may not believe them--possibly blame them for the abuse--possibly make comments like how "sexy" they must've been to have encountered such abuse (which makes them feel like they're being told they "deserved" it)--possibly being threatened for disclosure by the perp(s)--treated as liars--or even as if crazy... There is a lot of guilt, shame, self-blame (Oftentimes victims blame themselves in the thinking that somehow they'd caused the abuse), when the reality is that adults took advantage of a child's innocence. So length of time is not necessarily an issue for me. If he is guilty, he has much to make up for...Sexual abuse in any form is soul-destroying for many children--& some don't bounce back... Some end their lives over it. Personally I don't know which is worse--the actual abuse--or dealing w/ the aftereffects. Trying to rebuild after it is so hard...but not impossible....
ashiraladonai September 17, 2011 at 09:10 PM
Not in the least. For me anyways, it's just more confirmation that people can be evil, & there is no depth to the depravity of the human heart--from which, only God can save us...Jesus Christ died for me. He died for that man, too. Only He can heal him of this form of bondage to sin...

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