Michael Hamer used Facebook to solicit Twin Cities little leaguers for sex, police say

Categories: Creepy, Crime
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Police aren't yet sure whether Hamer pursued boys in communities besides Crystal.
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Marcie is the mother of a boy who plays little league baseball in Crystal. About a week ago, she logged onto her son's Facebook account and noticed a strange message in his inbox from a man named "Michael Hammer."

The man had asked Marcie's son to join him for a movie at the Mall of America. Marcie's creep-dar went off, and she called police. After conducting a sting operation, police arrested 44-year-old Michael Hamer last week. He's been charged with solicitation of a child for sex and possessing child pornography.

Marcie talked with other parents and realized that Hamer had sent friend requests to a number of players on her son's team. He had even texted some of them. Alerted to the situation by Marcie, Hamer's behavior aroused the suspicions of police, who then created a fake Facebook account for a 12-year-old little leaguer named "Aron Patterson."

Patterson friended Hamer and the two talked via Facebook chat the next day. The conversation soon went in a sexual direction, with Hamer at one point asking the boy if he could see him naked, according to the criminal complaint. Hamer and Aron agreed to meet that afternoon at a park in Crystal, where police arrested him.

During questioning, Hamer admitted that he had messaged a number of little leaguers. He also said he had reserved a hotel room at the Holiday Inn near Mall of America in hopes of taking Aron back there with him.

Hamer still lives with his mother in Minneapolis. Police searched the home, and in the basement they found a video camera with a memory stick. The stick contained photographs of juvenile boys nude and in provocative positions, and police are now working to identify them.

Stephanie Fealy, deputy chief of the Crystal PD, told KARE 11: "Obviously this is a terrible crime that he's committed here and what we're really looking to find is if there are more victims out there."


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15 comments
Daniel Dp Conley
Daniel Dp Conley

LOL @"Marcie's creep-dar went off, and she called police." I wouldn't be surprised if this is the guys Fackebook picture

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

well, why did the fake kid accept his facebook friend request?

Bruce Sanburg
Bruce Sanburg

mn needs the death penalty for ppl like this !!

Dale Burback
Dale Burback

looks like michael will finally be moving out of his mother's basement!

Michelle Glass
Michelle Glass

Reason #1,298,598 why we should bring back the electric chair.

Paul Cannon
Paul Cannon

Get the evidence, convict him, then put him in with the general population at a Max facility. Tantamount to the death penalty, but it won't take 15 years and 8 appeals.

Mike Bray
Mike Bray

JUST PUT HIM IN WITH ALL THE OTHER INMATES, THEY WILL TAKE CARE OF HIM, PROBABLY WONT BE ABLE TO USE A KEYBOARD EVER AGAIN.

April Brandt
April Brandt

Hmmmm....... Reason #1,298,598 why kids should not be on Facebook!

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

He should have used Craigslist to shop for a neck. Or a soul.

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