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Merritt Island man gets life for sexual enticement of minor, deputies say

Michael Glascock also sentenced for sex exploitation of child charge

Booking photo of Michael Glascock.
Booking photo of Michael Glascock.

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – A 39-year-old Merritt Island man has been sentenced to life in federal prison for the online sexual enticement of a minor, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

Michael Glascock was also sentenced to a concurrent term of 30 years for the sexual exploitation of a child for the purpose of producing child pornography, deputies said.

The investigation took place in 2013 by Agent Michael Spadafora, of the Sheriff's Office. Deputies said Spadafora was acting in an undercover capacity and responded to an online advertisement that Glascock had posted on Craigslist.

Spadafora communicated with Glascock over the Internet and by cellphone. During these conversations, Glascock described his ongoing sexual abuse of an infant child victim, and expressed an interest in meeting the agent and the agent's fictitious minor daughter, the Sheriff's Office said.

Glascock further expressed a desire to meet and engage in illegal sexual activity with the fictitious child, and additionally offered to allow the agent to engage in sexual activity with a child victim, deputies said.

After confirming Glascock's identity and location, agents responded and addressed him to prevent further victimization, according to the Sheriff's Office.

During an interview, Glascock admitted to producing pornographic images of the child victim, sexually abusing the child as depicted in images, and distributing and receiving images of child pornography over the Internet, deputies said.

A search warrant was executed at Glascock's home. The electronic equipment he had used to produce explicit images involving the child victim was recovered, deputies said. A forensic examination of the devices revealed that there were images depicting explicit sexual conduct involving the victim.

Authorities were able to identify and find the victim, who was taken to a hospital for medical attention. The medical examination of the victim discovered Glascock's DNA on the child's body, as well as in the child's diaper, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The investigation discovered explicit images of the child victim that Glascock had sent to another suspect, identified as Jonathan Tyler Prive, where Glascock was discussing the sexual abuse of the victim. Agents then intercepted Prive as he traveled to a location to meet with Glascock and the victim, deputies said.

Evidence in the investigation determined Prive had previously sexually abused the victim and was en route to engage in sexual activity with the child when stopped by agents. Deputies said Prive was arrested and subsequently pleaded guilty to attempted enticement of a minor on Aug. 27. Prive is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 27.

"I applaud Senior United States District Judge John Antoon for evaluating the disturbing facts and rendering justice to ensure that this monster can never harm another child," said Sheriff Wayne Ivey. "I have the utmost respect for these incredible men and women who investigate and prosecute these horrific cases to save children and arrest those who victimize and exploit our most precious citizens."