The Union County Prosecutor’s Office
32 Rahway Avenue Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Theodore J. Romankow
For Immediate Release
September 25, 2011
Middlesex Man Arrested for Sexual Assault
A Middlesex County man was arrested over the weekend after friending a 14-year-old girl on Facebook and following her to a store in Springfield where he sexually assaulted her, announced Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
Michael Sebastian DOB: 11/27/1982 of Perth Amboy had told the victim in online conversations that he was 17-years-old, according to the investigation, and repeatedly had sent her sexually charged messages and requested a meeting with the girl. She had refused his advances, said Romankow.
In early September the victim posted on the social networking site that she was going to a specific store in Springfield. As she exited, Sebastian pulled up to the curb in his car and pressured the victim to enter the vehicle. He parked a short distance away and assaulted the girl, according to the investigation.
The girl’s parent’s discovered the assault after reading online communications between Sebastian and the victim and notified authorities who immediately launched an investigation.
He was arrested on Friday at his office in Skillman, N.J. and is charged 2nd Degree Sexual Assault, 2ND Degree luring and 3rd Degree endangering the welfare of a minor. He is being held in the Union County Jail on a $125,000 bail.
This remains an active investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Patricia Guzmano at (908) 527-4589 or Detective Jim Morton of the Springfield Police Department at (973) 376-0400
“This is another reminder to parents and guardians to monitor their children’s online activities,” said Romankow. “Predators have access like never before to homes and innocent children. Transparency is key when it comes to an online life and parents should have active knowledge of who their children are talking with on the other side of the connection.”
These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.