Del. man charged in Limerick sexual assault case

LIMERICK — A Delaware man was charged with multiple felonies after he used a social networking site to contact, and have sex with, a minor.

Christopher Steele, 33, of Newark, Del., was charged with statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and other related charges, according to court documents.

Steele used the social networking cell phone app Jack’d to meet the 14-year-old victim, police said.

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Jack’d is an app which gay men use to connect with each other.

According to police, Steele used the alias Mike Dozier while he was on the site and communicating with the victim.

Police allege Steele expressed he did not care if the victim was underage, he still wanted to have sex with the victim. Steele also allegedly sent nude pictures of himself to the victim and received explicit pictures of the victim, police said.

Steele drove from Delaware and met the victim at his house sometime between June and August of this year, police said.

The victim told police that before he had sex with Steele, known to him as Dozier, he was allegedly forced to take “hoppers” or “poppers.”

Steele allegedly told the victim the drugs would help him enjoy sex more, police said.

According to the victim, Steele knew the victim was 14 years old before they had sex.

Township police worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Philadelphia to track down Steele.

Police said during their investigation, they found a Facebook account under Mike Dozier along with an email.

After issuing an administrative subpoena to the Google Legal Compliance Department, investigators found a secondary email that was not Steele’s alias, police said.

In November, police contacted the Delaware Information Analysis Center and received information on Steele, police said.

Officers compared Steele’s driver’s license photo with the photo on Dozier’s Facebook page and found that it matched.

Steele was arraigned by District Judge Walter F. Gadzicki Jr. His bail was set at $1 million, according to court documents. Steele is scheduled to appear in court again on Jan. 6, 2014.