An 18-year-old Northfield man who was charged on Aug. 15 with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct may have had other victims, according to a release today from Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom.
According to the complaint, Michael Lyle Stucky Jr. “friended” a young girl on Facebook and eventually appeared at her home with the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.
Information obtained during the course of the investigation has led police to believe there could be other victims.
“Social media and networking sites are an important part of our daily lives,” Rosemount Police Chief Eric Werner said in a press release. “It’s unspeakable to know the technology is being used to prey on children or commit other crimes. Internet crimes are more complex and private, making the community’s help even more important.”
Werner asks that those with information about others who may have been victimized to contact Rosemount Police Det. Julie Rauenhorst at 651-322-2001 immediately.
“It is very troubling to see social networking sites used in this manner,” Backstrom said. “This predatory behavior targeting children over the Internet is a far bigger problem than most parents realize. Parents need to speak to their children about this issue and encourage the reporting of any inappropriate Internet communication.”
Backstrom urged parents to monitor their child’s Internet use.
To assist parents with online safety resources, go to the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center website at www.jwrc.org, or contact Monica Jensen of the Dakota County Attorney’s Office at 651-438-4440.
Stucky’s next court appearance is set for Sept. 10 in Hastings. Bail in the amount of $75,000 without conditions ($30,000 with conditions) was set by Dakota County District Court Judge Patrice Sutherland.
– Tad Johnson