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Children's author charged in second case of sexual assault

September 16, 2011 |  1:44 pm

Photo: Michael William Snyder. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office A children’s book author from San Clemente, already facing charges of molesting a 12-year-old relative, was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

Michael William Snyder, 44, is charged with felony oral copulation of a child 10 years or younger and a lewd act upon a child under 14, with a sentencing enhancement allegation for committing a sexual offense on more than one victim.

Snyder, who is being held on $1-million bail, is allegedly a friend of the 9-year-old's family. Prosecutors say she visited his home between January 2008 and September 2010 and that in at least one instance Snyder took her to Sea World and orally copulated her. On another occasion, Snyder is accused of putting his hand up the girl's shirt and rubbing her back.

In March, Snyder was charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old female relative at his home in 2010. He is accused of rubbing her chest and stomach on several occasions with a sexual intent, according to prosecutors, and instructing her not to tell anyone.

Prosecutors say the victim’s mother became suspicious that the accused was sexually assaulting the girl when the victim did not want to be left alone with Snyder. The girl then told her mother and she reported it to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, which investigated this case. Snyder was charged with four felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14.

Snyder is a children’s book author known as "Mr. Mike" and speaks at elementary schools. He is also contracted with the California Department of Developmental Services to do in-home visits with disabled children in Orange County.

Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact investigator Lou Gutierrez of the Orange County district attorney's office at (714) 347-8794.


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