Man pleads guilty to getting women to sexually abuse their children, send him photos

Mar 1 2011 - 10:21am

DETROIT -- A 41-year-old man from Redford Township, Mich., pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he persuaded seven women he met on the Internet to sexually assault their children and then send him pictures of their acts.

"Nervous, your honor," Steven Demink, a former car salesman, banker and federal immigration officer, told U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen during a plea hearing in Detroit, The Associated Press reported.

Demink pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexually exploiting children by producing child pornography. He faces 15 years to life in prison at a June 9 sentencing. During the 18 months before his arrest in September 2010, court papers said, Demink posed as a psychologist named Dalton St. Clair, who befriended women on a dating website.

Demink persuaded the women to sexually assault their children, boys and girls from age 3 to 15, as a form of therapy for the children.

He encouraged the women to disrobe with their children, touch them and, in some cases, perform sex acts on them, telling them it was therapeutic. In some cases, he promised to date the women, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said women in Idaho, Virginia, Florida, Indiana, Illinois and Georgia were involved.

A New Hampshire mother had intercourse with her 15-year-old son at Demink's behest in 2009 and e-mailed the photos to Demink, court papers said.

Other cases were similar. Authorities found the photos last September on Demink's home computer. They said the computer contained hundreds of other child pornography images and videos.

Demink's lawyer, Timothy Dinan, said his client "has expressed a lot of remorse" and took responsibility for what he had done by pleading guilty. He said Demink's parents, who were in court Monday, are praying for their son, the victims and their families.

Most of the seven women have been charged in the case and two have pleaded guilty, prosecutors said.

U.S. Magistrate Mona Majzoub locked Demink up after his arrest last fall, calling him "a cyber predator of the worst kind; he is a danger to society, and virtually all children are at risk."

Authorities got involved after a mother in Idaho told authorities that she had molested her 5-year-old son at the behest of the man she knew as St. Clair.

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