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Children's author in O.C. charged in sexual assault of 12-year-old girl

March 28, 2011 |  4:42 pm

Michael Snyder Authorities in Orange County said Monday they were looking for possible additional victims of a children's book author charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl who is a relative.

Michael William Snyder, 43, a San Clemente resident, allegedly rubbed the girl's chest and stomach under her shirt "with a sexual intent" and sat her on his lap and put his hands up her skirt, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement.

The girl's mother became suspicious after her daughter did not want to be left alone with Snyder, according to the district attorney's office.  The mother contacted authorities.

Snyder calls himself "Mr. Mike" and is an author and illustrator, according to his website. He  could not be reached Monday afternoon for comment.

He is charged with four felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 and is free on $100,000 bail, authorities said. Snyder is scheduled to be arraigned April 8 at the Newport Beach courthouse.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794.

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-- Robert J. Lopez
Twitter: @LAJourno

Photo: Michael William Snyder. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

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