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.

flyingcanyon September 16, 2011 at 10:41 PM
this guy is a creep
robert witherow September 16, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Just a sick puppy he is.How would he feel if someone did that to his daughter one day
laura September 16, 2011 at 10:57 PM
Scary....this guy came to my son's school a couple of years ago to promote his book...that's one I will be throwing out now!
Clif Courtney September 16, 2011 at 10:58 PM
He was indicted, not convicted yet. He may well be a sicko, but has not been proven guilty yet.
CPG718 September 16, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Is anyone really surprised??? This is so typical!
Megan Groesbeck September 16, 2011 at 11:18 PM
I think you have an interesting point with the APA - although I wouldn't assume most people know what this is. It's the American Psychiatric Association. And of course they have an integral part in what you're speaking of, although I don't that's common knowledge so I'm kind of impressed.
marxman495 September 16, 2011 at 11:20 PM
who said he hasn't done it to his own children yet.
JoAnna September 16, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Very disappointing. El creepo.
Ann S. September 16, 2011 at 11:34 PM
Thank you. People are just plain stupid who to defend these sick, demented, b*******! People need to start protecting their kids and being more careful who they leave them with. I feel sorry for his wife and family, if he had one. They need the prayers.
M September 16, 2011 at 11:38 PM
Wait until this freak of nature gets tried and convicted. There are dozens of "Bubba's" anxiously awaiting his arrival at their State facility......he won't last a month.
Karen September 16, 2011 at 11:48 PM
This is not acceptable it is no different then murder but children no matter what state you are in have NO RIGHTS it is endemic. As one reader put let society continue to normalize these events and tell children they imagined things and children already overwhelmed by events such as we live through today an American leader who is ineffective and degrading millions by loss of jobs and income, making them a welfare state indeed. Meantime the end times (Revelations) are appearing as written; when have you not picked up the news in past months to see children dismembered and killed by supposed parents, and children killing parents? This world is going beyond the scope of acceptability and the simple tenets set forth as commandments or biblical rules cannot be followed? Further this sick individual uses the guise of children's author to ruin the lives of his prey innocent children..
Angel Murphy September 16, 2011 at 11:51 PM
Sick SOB!! They say that these types of people (pedifiles) can not be treated or cured, so why waste our money on the prison system??? Bring back the public square and charge admission to watch them be executed!!
Megan Groesbeck September 16, 2011 at 11:55 PM
That is barbaric and we be very backwards of us as a society. Of course his alleged conduct is inappropriate and criminal, but bringing back THAT kind of barbarity would not be good for us as a society. I think we can probably all agree on that.
Paul Puckett September 17, 2011 at 12:05 AM
Any time an adult is found guilty of sexually molesting young kids it should be an automatic life sentence. There is no "cure", no amount of counciling that can prevent these creeps from doing this again. I imagine the skeletons are going to be coming out of the closet once this gets more main streamed. Those poor kids.
Susan Milton-Voels September 17, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Is his book weird at all?
Susan Milton-Voels September 17, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Yes and no amount of counseling ever relieves the victoms of their demons! Its a life sentence for the child, hope he rots....
Cleo Brown September 17, 2011 at 12:30 AM
Funny the Parents of the second girl didn't show up until he was accused of groping the 1st girl. I guess there's a lot of money in children's books. I would have clocked this guy long any police were involved. "or Glocked". He will go to PC if he gets time.
ashiraladonai September 17, 2011 at 12:36 AM
ashiraladonai September 17, 2011 at 12:46 AM
If anyone has any doubts as to the validity of this, one need only Google it. Look under "Rind et al. controversy" on Wikipedia for more on this...: The authors' stated goal was "...to address the question: In the population of persons with a history of CSA [child sexual abuse], does this experience cause intense psychological harm on a widespread basis for both genders?" Some of the authors' more controversial conclusions were that child sexual abuse does not necessarily cause intense, pervasive harm to the child;[3] that the reason the current view of child sexual abuse was not substantiated by their empirical scrutiny was because the construct of CSA was questionably valid; and that the psychological damage caused by the abusive encounters depends on whether the encounter was consensual or not.[1] Consensual sexual abuse...ARE THEY KIDDING ME???
mummzie September 17, 2011 at 04:34 AM
Mike; you will always got down as the worst human being that we have ever known. We knew your game years ago! We put up with you for years and new you would be found out...finally you did, rot in hell neighbor, you deserve it.
mummzie September 17, 2011 at 04:44 AM
OBTW ..Mike; did you ever tell anyone how you terriorized the block of Ave Hacienda, did you ever tell the truth that you poisioned your neighbors pets? That you hate dogs?! You and your wife have taken advantage of the wonderful older residences along the block for years..How verbally absusive you are; and threatening!! Mike; rot in jail.
dan-du-man September 17, 2011 at 12:36 PM
my my I'm sooo glad that everyone of you is a freakin judge and jury without seeing one single shred of evidence. "if" he is guilty I say put him away. But you morons need to curb your appetite for violence. So typical of internet bloggers. Your ALL so much better than everyone else right? You can see the evidence through your computer. Yea right..... And what's this b/s about when one comes forward "all of a sudden" there's another. Never mind the aligations were from 1.5 or more years ago? Sounds very much like money or fame hunters.
dan-du-man September 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM
before you commit this much slander you may want to cough up some proof. OR are you just furthering your personal vendetta?
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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