Officials: Man persuaded moms to abuse kids
He allegedly convinced the parents to send him images of the sexual attacks
A Michigan man posed as a psychologist and persuaded mothers across the country to sexually assault their children as a form of therapy, then send him the images of the attacks, authorities said Monday.
Man pleads guilty to duping moms into abusing kids
In real life, Steven Demink didn’t have children, a college degree or a lasting career. Online, prosecutors say, he presented himself as Dalton St. Clair, an attractive single father and psychologist — a fantasy image authorities say the Michigan man used to persuade mothers across the country to commit unspeakable acts on their children.
Demink, 41, of Redford Township, preyed on single mothers for more than a year, prosecutors say, convincing them to sexually assault their children as a form of therapy. After pleading guilty Monday to six charges related to the sexual exploitation of children, Demink faces 15 years to life in prison when he is sentenced in June.
The discussions in the forums where I found this story were very hard on the mothers involved, quite a few of whom have been sentenced themselves. I don’t wish to get into that conversation other than to say that they were up against an alien level of manipulative ability and quite possibly an alien level of intelligence.
It’s a disappointment that neither article mentioned sociopathy or psychopathy, this seems to be the bizarre norm for the media. Steven Demink should be isolated for the remainder of this life. Unfortunately he will probably be paroled well before serving his whole sentence.
In a responsible world he would be transferred from the jail to a mental hospital at the end of his sentence. At this level of sociopathy, he is only human in form and in the biology of his structure. His attorney is quoted as saying, “It’s a shame he couldn’t ask for help.” That fantasy is a profound and common misunderstanding of the reality of sociopathy.