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

March 10, 2011 |  5:25 pm

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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