Volusia County, FL – Update: The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) obtained an arrest warrant for Michael McCabe on March 16, for two additional counts of lewd or lascivious molestation.
According to the VCSO, the new charges stem from the allegations of a 10-year-old girl who came forward to the state Department of Children and Families/Port Orange PD on March 3, the same day the VCSO sought McCabe’s arrest in two similar cases.
The Sheriff’s Office Child Exploitation Unit investigated the March 3 allegations and found probable cause to charge McCabe with the molestation of the 10-year-old victim and her 11-year-old brother.
The VCSO reports that the victims’ mother told a VCSO detective she met McCabe in 2015 when he was volunteering at Holly Hill School. She said McCabe moved into the family’s home that same year on the condition he would babysit her children and help around the house. She said he later moved with the family when they left their home in Holly Hill and moved into a home in Port Orange.
The 10-year-old told detectives McCabe touched her inappropriately over her clothes on at least two occasions while playing a game called “Stranger Danger,” in which he would portray himself as a stranger and the children would have to try and protect themselves. On the last occasion, the girl said McCabe grabbed her and touched her breasts over her clothes until she kicked him and ran out of the room.
Her 11-year-old brother told detectives McCabe touched his private area over his clothing and threatened to hurt a family member if he told anyone.
VCSO detectives are continuing to investigate any allegations as they are received. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Child Exploitation Unit at 386-323-3574.
Update: The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office reports that their Child Exploitation Unit arrested Michael McCabe early Saturday morning, March 4. He was transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail to be held without bond.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) is seeking the public’s help in locating and arresting a suspect wanted on charges of molesting multiple children.
According to the VCSO, the suspect befriended the children and their families, moved into their homes and babysat their girls. So far, 4 victims have been identified, with the possibility of others.
The suspect, Michael J. McCabe, 47, Port Orange, also known as “Uncle Mikey,” has warrants out for his arrest on 3 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and 1 count of sexual battery of a victim under 12 years of age. McCabe was not at his listed address on Manhattan Way this morning, detectives said.
The VCSO reports that in January the victims in the first case (two girls, now ages 15 and 16) told detectives McCabe molested them repeatedly during the years he was their babysitter. It continued after he moved out of their home in the Shady Oaks Mobile Home Park in Ormond Beach.
McCabe then moved in with a Holly Hill family and began molesting a girl, 5 years old, who is now age 9. On Friday, another child victim, now age 10, came forward to the Port Orange Police Department with similar allegations.
The Sheriff’s Office Child Exploitation Unit is taking on that investigation. McCabe is believed to be in the Port Orange area, and authorities including the VCSO Crime Suppression Team and U.S. Marshals Task Force are actively looking for him.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Child Exploitation Unit at 386-323-3574 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS or through the app available at westopcrime.com.
Crime Stoppers tipsters will remain anonymous and can qualify for a reward of up to $5,000.
Photos courtesy of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
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