A man accused of child sex trafficking has a rather “creative”, if not preposterous,alibi in a letter he sent to a judge as he pleaded for his freedom. He told the judge he was a “good man in a misunderstood situation.”
What he is accused of is not any thing done by a good man by any measure, though. Malik McCaster, 21, has been charged with child exploitation and possessing or producing child pornography.
Police said his 15-year-old alleged victim was a runaway from home whom he met at a firework display. He offered the teenager a ride, but once they were traveling, he threw away her mobile phone and kidnapped her.
McCaster is accused of having held the teenager against her will at a Michigan hotel and forced her of having sex, and even sold her body to other men through an online classified service.
The girl managed to escape and alert a motel guest who informed the police of the possible crime. The police came and made the arrest.
McCaster has been held without bond since being charged on July 31.
McCaster requested the judge for his freedom in the letter he wrote. He said: “I am no saint neither am I perfect. I ask you to judge me as an innocent man until proven guilty.”
McCaster tried to boost his appeal by telling the judge that he had no criminal record and was even studying digital media and computer software. He also added that he has family responsibilities and hold a roofing job.
In his dramatic plea, McCaster also wrote: “I ask that you can find it in your heart to give me a bond so that I can get back to my job, school and my family. I have a lot of responsibility on the outside life that I cannot keep under control while I am here. I just ask that you try to understand a good man in a misunderstood situation.”
However, one piece of evidence the police say they have is not hard to misunderstand. They found proof on McCaster’s phone that the victim had been advertised on Crsaigslist. Intimate recordings of the victim performing sexual acts on the accused were also discovered.