View Mobile Site

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos


This just in from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Ohio Man Meets LA County Girl on Facebook, Arrested for Lewd Acts with 15-Yr Old

Posted: October 4, 2012 11:16 a.m.
Updated: October 4, 2012 11:16 a.m.

A 15-year old girl was reported missing to Lancaster Sheriff's Station on Sunday, September 30, 2012

During the course of the investigation into her disappearance, Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives obtained information that she had run away from home in order to meet an adult male. Detectives also learned that the person the victim was meeting with might already be in the Lancaster area.

On Monday, October 1, 2012, Lancaster Sheriff's detectives determined that the male, who the victim was going to meet, was currently in the City of 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 Detectives to a desert field located east of 15th Street West in the City of Lancaster, where the victim was found laying on the ground.

Detectives from the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau interviewed the 15-year old girl, 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, 2012, 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, a 43-year old White male, was arrested and booked at Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed five felony counts against the suspect. He is currently in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with bail set at $1,275,000.00

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau detectives are continuing their investigation into this case.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact LASD Special Victims Bureau Sergeant Hudson at 661-940-7850. Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website

Talk to your kids. They need you.
For more information about helping keep your kids safe, visit:

Social Networking Sites: A Parent’s Guide

Safety Tips for Parents to Discuss with their Youngsters - LASD

Sergeant Brian Hudson
Special Victims Bureau
Detective Division
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Note: The Signal delivers press releases from reliable sources under the “This just in” header to provide up-to-the-minute information to our website readers. Information from “This just in” has not been vetted by The Signal news room. It may appear subsequently in news stories after it has been vetted.






Most Popular Articles

There are no articles at this time.
Commenting not available.
Commenting is not available.


Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...