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Children's book author arrested for alleged child molestation in San Clemente [Updated]

Michael_snyder A San Clemente children’s book author has been charged with child molestation, authorities said Thursday.

Michael Snyder, 43, is suspected of having a sexual relationship with a girl younger than age 14 from May 2010 to March 2011, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The alleged relationship came to light when the girl told her mother, who contacted police, he said.

The author was arrested about 7 p.m. Wednesday as he was picking up his children at the Boys & Girls Club in San Clemente.

Snyder could not be reached for comment. One neighbor told KCAL-TV Channel 9 news that Snyder is "a good man." Other neighbors also defended Snyder.

Snyder was being held at the Central Jail in Santa Ana in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Books for sale through Snyder’s website include "Lemon Drop Rain" and "Swimming in Chocolate!" Snyder lists dozens of local schools where he has appeared for readings and book signings during the school day and for after-school programs.

Snyder also owns a company that subcontracts with the state to provide services for mentally and physically disabled people, including children, Amormino said.

"We do fear that there may be additional victims because of his access to children," Amormino said. Anyone with information should call (866) TIP-OCSD.


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Photo: Michael Snyder. Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department

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A review of Swimming in Chocolate from School Library Journal: "A poetry collection with uneven rhythms, strained rhyme, and childlike black-and-white drawings that might have been doodled on the back of homework. The topics, tone, and even the type font seem like direct knockoffs of Shel Silverstein's books. Poems about balding men, circles and squares, and bad manners will seem strangely familiar to readers of his work. Others, such as one about what animals grow up to be and another on the days of the week, appear to be direct imitations of quality poems by other poets. Although the cover lists testimonials by children who loved the poems, libraries would be better served by the many better titles available."

Great post. I recently stumbled upon a new Internet project for the arts that looks very promising, called Art of Me. The web address is http://artfme.com/ . It is not trying to sell anything, but rather it seeks to provide an online space where talented actors, musicians, writers, dancers, and other artists, can display and discuss their works, collaborate with each other, and interact with fans.

15 to life for this fool.


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