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.
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