On Wednesday, September 8, 2021, a Wicomico County Jury, presided over by the Honorable S. James Sarbanes, Administrative Judge of the First Judicial Circuit, convicted Michael Villa, 50 years of age, of sexual abuse of a minor and three (3) counts of conducting visual surveillance, in a private place with prurient intent.
Sentencing was postponed; Villa continues to be held without bond pending sentencing.
In December of 2019, the Salisbury Police Department (SPD) received reports of a male, later identified as Villa, acting suspiciously at local businesses. Villa was later taken into custody on an unrelated matter, at which time his cellular telephone devices were seized.
On January 28, 2020. search warrants were executed on Villa’s cellular devices. Extractions of Villa’s cellular devices revealed surreptitious recordings of the intimate area of a ten (10) year old in his care from 2018.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney (SA) Jamie Dykes commended Detectives Smallwood and Rockwell of SPD and members of the Wicomico Child Advocacy Center who investigated the case, and Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Karsnitz for her work in the prosecution of Villa.
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