Cops: Church Puppeteer Used Facebook To Prey On Girl
OVIEDO, Fla. – A Seminole County church worker accused of molesting a child made his first appearance in court Friday morning, but initially, 29-year-old Michael Henderson refused to show up.
Oviedo Police said he abused at least one girl at Trinity Assembly of God church. He is accused of using Facebook and his role as a puppeteer to inappropriately touch, photograph and chat online with a 14-year-old girl.
“This is not a party invite. This is not an RSVP. He’s gets to come to court,” said the judge to Henderson.
When he finally made it in, a number of serious charges we’re waiting for Henderson, including lewd and lascivious molestation, video voyeurism, and solicitation of a child to engage in unlawful sex acts.
Police also said he took pictures under the girl’s skirt while she was at church.
“Started a relationship, started communicating with her online. Some of these communications were very sexually explicit in nature,” said Lt. Mike Beavers, of Oviedo police.
After nearly four months of talking, investigators said that’s when he made his move.
“You then met her, fondled her breasts underneath her clothing and attempted to take pictures up her skirt with a camera,” the judge stated.
Investigators said when they arrested him on Thursday, they also found child porn on his computer and fear there could be more victims.
“Obviously they are going to try to see if there are any other additional victims and make contact with those folks,” Beaver said.
The victim’s grandfather, who did not want to be identified, told WFTV he’s happy the man is behind bars.
“Very relieving for myself, and my family,” he said.
Henderson is being held on $25,000 bond. If he posts that bond, he’ll have no access his computer or the Internet.