LANCASTER – A 43-year-old Ohio man was arrested this week for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Lancaster girl he met on facebook.
Michael Scheetz was charged Wednesday with five felony counts and is currently jailed on $1,275,000 bail. Details on how Scheetz met and allegedly assaulted the girl are outlined in the following press release from the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.
On Sunday, September 30, 2012, the victim was reported to Lancaster Station as a missing person. During the course of the investigation into her disappearance, detectives from Lancaster Station obtained information that she had runaway from her residence for the purposes of meeting an adult male. Detectives also learned that the person the victim was meeting might already be in the Lancaster area.
On Monday, October 1, 2012, Lancaster Station detectives determined that the male, who the victim was going to meet was currently in Lancaster. The male was located and detained by deputies. During questioning, it was learned that the suspect was from Westerville, Ohio, and had recently been with the victim.
The suspect denied knowing the current whereabouts of the victim, but eventually led Sheriff’s Department Detectives to a desert field located east of 15th Street West in Lancaster, where the victim was found laying on the ground.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau interviewed the victim and she said that she had been sexually assaulted by the suspect. The victim was taken to a local hospital and is in good condition.
The victim told detectives that she met the suspect via Facebook approximately six months ago. She developed an online relationship with the suspect and they communicated frequently via email.
Detectives further learned that on Friday, September 28, the suspect left Ohio and traveled to California, arriving on Sunday, September 30. He then met up with the victim at a business in Lancaster.
It was apparent that the suspect’s sole reason for traveling to California was to engage in sexual intercourse with the victim. Detectives determined that the suspect knew the victim’s age before he traveled to California, but it was not a deterrent.
Suspect Michael Scheetz, white Male, 43-years old, was arrested and booked at Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
On Wednesday, October 3, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed five felony counts against the suspect. He is currently in the custody of the Sheriff’s Department with bail set at $1,275,000.
Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau detectives are continuing their investigation into this case.
If you have any information about this incident, contact Special Victims Bureau, Sergeant Hudson at 661-940-7850.