Editor's note: This story contains graphic information pertaining to a criminal case in Phelps County involving a child.



A Newburg man has been charged with the enticement and harassment of a child for allegedly requesting nude photographs and having conversations of a sexual nature on the internet.

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic information pertaining to a criminal case in Phelps County involving a child.

 

A Newburg man has been charged with the enticement and harassment of a child for allegedly requesting nude photographs and having conversations of a sexual nature on the internet.

Michael Sean Baggett, 24 of Newburg was arrested on June 5, after allegedly attempting to entice a female child, age 11, into sexual acts via the internet.

    According to the probable cause statement, the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department  received a complaint from the victim’s mother, saying her daughter had received messages from Baggett that were sexual in nature, including messages where he requested nude photos of the child.

    After reviewing the initial report, the arresting officer allegedly found that Baggett had communicated with the victim via the Facebook Messenger phone application, according to the statement. The report also stated these messages dated back to April 29, 2017.

    On June 1, the arresting officer interviewed the victim’s grandmother and father along with the victim. According to the probable cause statement, the victim reported to the officer that the messages were “sexual” in nature. The victim told the officer that Baggett had asked to meet at his residence to “do stuff with him.” In the probable cause statement, it says the victim reported each time he had asked it felt like it was for sex.

    The investigating officer reported in the charging document that a review of the Facebook Messenger chat conversation log revealed that Baggett allegedly made several graphic statements to the child.

    On May 7, according to the probable cause statement, Baggett allegedly messaged, “Idk lol come up and hang out,” and “Why not sneak out no one will know,”. Other messages noted in the charging document allegedly asked the victim if she had ever “been naked with a guy,” and stated his desire to see the victim naked. The statement also lists Baggett as allegedly making a threat to one of the victim’s family members.

    Baggett also allegedly sent a message on May 10 as well, according to the probable cause statement, telling the victim, “I’ll be in my shop if u wanna sneak off.”

The investigating officer reported in the probable cause statement that he interviewed Baggett at the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department. The statement says Baggett made “post Miranda advisement admissions” to being responsible for the messages from his Facebook Messenger account to the victim. Baggett allegedly told the investigating officer he had no explanation as to why he sent the messages.

    In the interview, as reported by the arresting officer, Baggett stated he was not a child molester and denied physical contact with the victim. According to the probable cause statement, he did admit to sending a threatening message to the victim, concerning a member of the child’s family, saying he was “angry when he sent it.”

    Baggett is charged with the enticement of a child as well as harassment. His case review is scheduled for June 13 at 9 a.m. He’s being held on a $250,000.00  bond in the Phelps County Jail.  

 

    *Editor’s Note: There were several statements included in the probable cause statement allegedly sent from Baggett to the victim that were too graphic to print.