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04/30/10: Man, 38 assaults teen girls


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By Michelle Hunter, The Times-Picayune
March 05, 2010, 3:20PM


A federal grand jury handed up an indictment today against a 38-year-old Metairie man accused of having sex with underage girls he met while posing as teenage boys on social networking Web sites.

Michael G. Meany Jr., of Lake Ave in Metairie, was indicted with aggravated sexual abuse, production of child pornography, two counts of coercion and enticement of a minor, transferring obscene material to a minor and receiving child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office of investigations in New Orleans.

Meany allegedly used set up profiles on popular Web sites such as MySpace.com, Yahoo!, AOL Internet Messenger Service, Teenspot.com and Stickam.com, posing as 14- and 15-year-old boys, according to Letten's office.

Between November 2008 and October 2009, Meany had about 200 underage female friends on MySpace.com. Many of the girls sent him sexually explicit photos, according to court records.

Letten's office said Meany tracked down some of the girls. In July 2009, Meany went to Mississippi and had sex with one of his online "friends," a girl between 12 and 16, and persuaded her into taking some sort of explicit photo or video, according to the indictment. Authorities said he tracked down a Louisiana girl younger than 18 and had sex with her, as well.

Meany is also accused of sending pornography to a minor from Maine.

Authorities listed the screen names Meany used to chat up the girls including: Mcowboy35@yahoo.com, ceneemo13@yahoo.com, Me.again69@yahoo.com, Tommythompson89@yahoo.com, Blah.blahh66@yahoo.com and Racerx1535@yahoo.com.

Meany has been in state court custody on a Tennessee probation violation since Oct. 29, 2009, according to Letten's office.

If convicted, Meany faces a mandatory minimum or 30 years in prison, but could be sentenced to life behind bars.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office of investigations in New Orleans as part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative through the U.S. Justice Department. The program coordinates local, state and federal resources to target child exploitation on the Internet.