Police say that a 14-year-old New Jersey girl was sexually assaulted by a man who had been Facebook stalking her—and it might not be the first time he's done it. They have arrested 29-year-old Michael Sebastian and accused him of posing as a 17-year-old in order to get close to the teen victim. “The conversations and chats in the messages got sexual very quickly and to the victim’s credit, she said ‘no,’ but didn’t want to meet him. She tried to do the right thing,” First Assistant District Attorney Al Cernadas Jr. told CBS.
Even though that girl refused to meet Sebastian in person, he found her when she posted a status update on Facebook that she was going to a specific store in Springfield earlier this month. Sebastian was allegedly able to coax her into his car, where he sexually assaulted her. “It’s awful. It’s awful because it could be anyone’s child,” parent Denise Giancasper told CBS, reacting to the story.
But in the course of investigating that incident, officials discovered another alleged sexual assault by Sebastian. According to NJToday, Sebastian contacted a different 14-year-old and was successful in convincing her to meet him in person. He allegedly picked her up at her house, drove to a motel on Route 22, gave her alcohol, and then sexually assaulted her. The girl escaped the room and ran across the highway to a restaurant where she called a family member to pick her up.
Sebastian has now been charged in both cases: with second-degree sexual assault, second-degree luring and third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor in the first, and second degree luring, third degree endangering the welfare of a minor and fourth degree criminal sexual contact in the second.