Adams County DA: New Oxford man a 'predatory' child pornographer
An Adams County man is locked up on $500,000 bail, accused of being a predatory child pornographer who threatened and tried to blackmail children into complying with "his wishes," officials said.
Michael L. Sealover Jr., 42, of the 1300 block of Red Hill Road in New Oxford, remains in the Adams County jail, charged with 24 felony offenses, according to court records.
Charging documents state his alleged victims range in age from 11 to 16, and that at least two are special-needs children. The girls live in states including Texas, Iowa, Virginia and West Virginia, and told Sealover they were under 18 prior to him soliciting nude images of them, documents state.
He targeted the children through the Kids Chat app, TextMe, TextNow and Instagram, according to documents.
After receiving pornographic images from a 12-year-old, he asked her if she had a younger sister, and if she would "show" him the younger sister, documents allege. He also offered her gift cards and threatened to post photos online that she'd already sent him if she didn't do as he wanted, charging documents allege.
Adams County District Attorney Brian Sinnett said in a news release that Sealover's case "quite clearly shows the impact of child pornography on victims throughout our country and predatory behavior associated with it."
Sinnett said Sealover engaged in the "predatory behavior" of contacting at least six children from different states "and either soliciting pornographic images or threatening to post images already received from the children if they did not comply with his wishes and demands."
Sealover's charges include multiple counts each of sexual extortion; sexual abuse of children/causing or knowingly permitting a child to engage in sexual acts that are photographed or filmed; possession of child pornography; and unlawful contact with minors. He does not have a listed attorney.
According to charging documents filed by Adams County Detective Eric Beyer, one of Sealover's alleged victims is an 11-year-old girl who at some point refused to send him more images.
In response, Sealover called the girl a "f—ing c—t," told her both of her parents "will die" and told her if she sent him photos posing exactly as he instructed, he would not post online the pornographic photos she'd already sent him, charging documents allege. He also said he hopes her father chokes to death and that her mother is a prostitute, according to documents.
When the child said she wanted to kill herself, Sealover told her if she would send him a full-body photo of herself, "we will be nice to each other," documents allege.
Adams County detectives, armed with a warrant, searched Sealover's home on July 30.
Subsequent forensic analysis of the electronic devices seized from Sealover showed he had been in contact with the minors and had requested and received pornographic images from them, charging documents state.
He sent at least one of them a photo of his penis, documents allege.
Assisting Adams County detectives in their investigation into Sealover were law enforcement agencies in Tennessee, Texas, Michigan, Iowa, Virginia and West Virginia, according to the district attorney.
Sealover was arraigned Wednesday morning by District Judge Mark Beauchat, who set bail at a half-million dollars, court records state.
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