Man accused of luring girl

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A Martinez man taken into federal custody Friday is accused of trying to lure a teen into meeting for sexual encounters.

Michael Adam, 50, is accused of communicating by e-mail and webcam with an investigator with New York State Police whom he thought was a 13-year-old girl, according to the warrant issued in Albany, N.Y.

Mr. Adam, of the 3700 block of Evans to Locks Road, was brought before Superior Court Judge Daniel Craig on Friday afternoon because no federal judge was available. A state judge can conduct an arraignment for a federal criminal defendant in such circumstances.

Mr. Adam will be held in custody until a federal judge is asked to consider whether he will be released on bond or held until possible indictment and trial.

According to the federal complaint, Mr. Adam was snared by a New York police officer working undercover for the past 18 months.

Mr. Adam is accused of expressing an interest in meeting with a girl in Albany to engage in sexual acts, according to the complaint.

He is accused of using a webcam to engage in a personal sexual act witnessed by the officer, and of directing the officer to pornographic Web sites.

If convicted, Mr. Adam faces a possible mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

In court Friday, Mr. Adam asked Judge Craig about bond. He said he is a physician assistant with patients to see over the weekend. Judge Craig said he could not consider bond.

Mr. Adam was arrested Friday morning when the FBI and a number of Columbia County sheriff's deputies surrounded his house.

Mr. Adam's license to practice in Georgia is on administrative hold with the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners, but that could be a clerical issue.

He can still practice while it is in that status, said Director of Operations Robert Jeffery. The board can act swiftly to do a summary suspension of a license when there is a "clear and present danger" to patients, he said.

"It essentially takes that licensee off the field," Mr. Jeffery said, though it is still subject to a final adjudication by the board.

Mr. Adam's license had not been suspended as of Friday afternoon.

Staff writers Donnie Fetter, Tom Corwin and Willie Malpass contributed to this article.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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shamrock
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shamrock 05/23/09 - 12:21 am
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They let this go on for 18

They let this go on for 18 months?

cajunnana2000
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cajunnana2000 05/23/09 - 02:59 am
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Nasty dog

Nasty dog

justus4
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justus4 05/23/09 - 03:27 am
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This is borderline
Unpublished

This is borderline entrapment. "Expressed an interest" Wow! He didn't execute, but expressed an interest. Don't U have to had "taken steps" to execute a criminal act before a law is broken? This is dangerous stuff because communicating in writing is a form of thought or thinking. Whose that at my door...?

NEone
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NEone 05/23/09 - 05:47 am
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justus4: How could he

justus4: How could he execute something with a 13 year old who doesn't really exist? His own sex act sent on the internet was illegal, as is sending a minor to porn websites. Would you rather he rape her, THEN be arrested?

HotFoot
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HotFoot 05/23/09 - 05:47 am
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Mandatory minimum of TEN

Mandatory minimum of TEN YEARS???? That's outrageous. And Dick Cheney is still free to go on every news outlet in the country spewing his lies and distortions to draw attention away from his very real crimes. If this man had actually made a trip to try to meet this girl, maybe..... but Internet exchanges and a little webcam "show" are worth a min. of 10 years of this guy's life? I don't think so.

stormy
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stormy 05/23/09 - 05:49 am
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I am so amazed that people

I am so amazed that people still try this type of behavior knowing that they may likely be communicating with an FBI agent or police officer. HOW STUPID!

HotFoot
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HotFoot 05/23/09 - 05:50 am
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Are you sure his webcam sex

Are you sure his webcam sex act was illegal? That stuff happens hundreds of thousands of times a day--all illegal? I am against this sort of law enforcement activity, and I agree with justus4, it reeks of entrapment.

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 05/23/09 - 05:55 am
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He performed a sexual act on

He performed a sexual act on webcam to this fictitional child that he thought existed, that's just nasty. He probably sees little girls in his practice too, little pervert. He needs to stay in jail, I hate these disgusting pigs who abuse children. Goes to show Columbia county has criminals too, what a surprise. Nice house though, hope it's paid for because he's gonna lose a lot of patients.

areyoukidding
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areyoukidding 05/23/09 - 05:56 am
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Its illegal if he did it in

Its illegal if he did it in front of a minor. He did it via web cam and intended for her to watch. HE EXPOSED HIMSELF. Also, the exchange with Adam did not necessarily go on for 18 months. This was probably an ongoing sting operation to capture perverts in general and Adam was the most recent arrest. The operation is probably still going on. This is being done all over the country to catch perverts before they can actually harm a minor.

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 05/23/09 - 06:04 am
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Perception is key, he thought

Perception is key, he thought he was communicating with a child. Sorry but he had bad intentions with a child, he should lose his license and go to jail. I have an eleven year old daughter I see a problem here.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 05/23/09 - 06:22 am
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I'm not saying this guy isn't

I'm not saying this guy isn't disgusting and a pervert, but my answer to comments in the vein of "I have an eleven year old daughter" is to supervise her and make sure she's not in chat rooms, etc. The headline that he "lured" a 13-yr-old girl is misleading, because there WAS no 13 yr-old girl. As I said, if he actually acted on his words and drove to NY, that's another story. But I stll think this sounds like entrapment.

hunterjhsn
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hunterjhsn 05/23/09 - 06:26 am
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Hey, whether you think this

Hey, whether you think this is entrapment or a disgusting act, you can take solace in this.... at least that isnt the house you grew up in your entire life, before your parents sold it to Mr. Adams ~10 years ago... how do I know that? BECAUSE ITS MINE. Gross.

UncleBill
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UncleBill 05/23/09 - 06:31 am
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I would not automatically

I would not automatically assume that he sees children, but where does he work?

stewartist
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stewartist 05/23/09 - 06:48 am
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HotFoot - do you have to spew

HotFoot - do you have to spew your ignorant liberal garbage into everything. Dick Cheney's crimes? Maybe you should go to youtube.com and watch the 9/11 footage again you idiot, and remind yourself of what crime was committed. You unpatriotic #@@#!

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 05/23/09 - 06:50 am
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Some of y'all men are on

Some of y'all men are on notice. The law is watching while you are busy doing what you know you should not do. Check yourself and get some help before you lose it all. Augusta needs an SAA chapter!

HotFoot
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HotFoot 05/23/09 - 06:51 am
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Thanks for your civil

Thanks for your civil response, stewartist. You're a gem.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 05/23/09 - 06:51 am
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Time for your meds now.

Time for your meds now.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 05/23/09 - 06:54 am
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Entrapment? Adams allegedly

Entrapment? Adams allegedly did the luring, not the cop. Adams allegedly went on the web searching for a child to have a virtual affair with that would lead to sex. You need to be glad it was a cop and not your daughter!

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 05/23/09 - 06:59 am
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Does he have a wife and

Does he have a wife and children? I bet his wife was wondering what in the world was wrong with him for the past 18 months.

cricketflea
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cricketflea 05/23/09 - 07:06 am
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Careful everyone-----BIG

Careful everyone-----BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING!! The internet is not annonymous, is it??

WAG
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WAG 05/23/09 - 07:16 am
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you people are nuts.... He is

you people are nuts.... He is a pervert....If it was entrapment entrap him again....He thought he was talking to a 13 year old...What if it was your 13 year old?????? He nedds to be put away...If he has a wife did she ever wonder what he was doing on the computer all the time. As I am sure he spent many hours online..Just like the married men on there trolling for women....Where is the wife. On there trolling for men.. lol
It is disgusting.... He is a pervert....10 years is not long enough.

R2
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R2 05/23/09 - 07:31 am
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CC county residents sure have

CC county residents sure have a lot of illegal things going on. Look at that house. Proves that the ritzy neighborhoods have criminals as much as the projects. Pedophile.

Rose
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Rose 05/23/09 - 08:31 am
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He is a physician assistant

He is a physician assistant with Aiken Regional Medical Centers, working directly with patients. AC failed to mention that.

Rose
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Rose 05/23/09 - 08:34 am
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that site tells more details.

that site tells more details. He is a fool.

Martinez
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Martinez 05/23/09 - 08:34 am
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R2 - I would rather live in

R2 - I would rather live in Columbia County next to this creap then in many neighborhoods of Richmond County. A little parental supervision is all it takes to prevent the likes of him from entering my home via the internet. There isn't a darn thing I can do though to prevent the stray bullets of low level street drug disputes.

colcamp1
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colcamp1 05/23/09 - 08:42 am
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Martinez stay where you are.

Martinez stay where you are. I am sure that life will go on without you in Richmond County. A lot of residents from your little Utopia, come to where ' stray bullets and low level street drug pushers are.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/23/09 - 08:43 am
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Evil man, he INTENDED to

Evil man, he INTENDED to corrupt a very young girl whether there was a trooper on the other end of the line or not. Lock him up.

augusta49
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augusta49 05/23/09 - 08:47 am
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Why isn't his picture on here

Why isn't his picture on here instead of his house?????????????

ASTOMES
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ASTOMES 05/23/09 - 08:54 am
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Wag, Thank God there is 1

Wag, Thank God there is 1 person on here that has the right view point. I wonder if the rest of the people think, that if we knew of a possible murder that was about to happen, should we not report and investigate? I see on TV where there is a lot of undercover agents acting as hit men, to catch possible murderers. I hate to say it but American Society has hit rock bottom on the moral issues. To many parents do not care what there kids are doing as long as they are not bothering them. Just turn the loose on the streets and computers, but AFTER 1 gets hurt!!!! Scream about the police not doing their job. The police would have more time to do their job if they weren't having to arrest kids that parents will not teach right & wrong to.

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