Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 288.2 PC [Sending Harmful Matter to Minor], 288.3 PC [Contact with Intent to Commit Lewd Act with Minor], 288.4 PC [Meeting with Minor for Purpose of Lewd Act]
Report Number:
2012-27458    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
288.2 PC [Sending Harmful Matter to Minor], 288.3 PC [Contact with Intent to Commit Lewd Act with Minor], 288.4 PC [Meeting with Minor for Purpose of Lewd Act]
Location:
100 West Laurel Street, Fort Bragg
When: Date: 11/10/2012 Time: 1000 Hours
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Male Juvenile 14
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Michael Sparks 40 6116 Santa Cruz Avenue Richmond, Ca.
         
Written by: Sergeant Joseph Comer
Synopsis: On 10/13/2012, deputies with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation after receiving information that an unknown adult male [40-year old Michael Sparks] was attempting to make contact with a minor through Craigslist.org for unknown reasons.

Deputies initiated contact with Sparks through the Craigslist posting, posing as the 14-year old minor. Over a period of almost one month, deputies exchanged correspondence with Sparks through email.

As a result of the communications with Sparks and the lewd nature and content of those emails, it was evident that Sparks desired to engage in and perform sexual acts with the minor.

An arrangement was made with Sparks to meet in the Fort Bragg area. It was Sparks’s belief that he would be meeting with and picking up the minor and at some point thereafter having sexual intercourse with that the minor.

On 11/10/2012 at approximately 1000 hours, Sparks was arrested after driving from Richmond, California to the Fort Bragg area in order to meet with the minor at that arranged date and time.

During an interview after Sparks’ arrest, he admitted to having the intent to engage the minor in sexual intercourse and was found in possession of items that would be used to facilitate that act.

Sparks was transported to and lodged at the Mendocino County Jail and booked on the listed charges with bail set at $50,000.00.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten