Sterling Man Pleads Guilty In Child Sex Case

A 22-year-old man faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual assault at an in-home child care business in Sterling.

Michael Dylan Kessel pleaded guilty to one count of taking indecent liberties with children. Circuit Court Judge Stephen E. Sincavage will hand down his sentence June 30.

The case began last June 2015, when Loudoun investigators were contacted by the family of a victim. The child care service was operated by Kessell’s mother, but he occasionally had oversight of the children during the course of the day.

According to evidence in the case, Loudoun Detectives arranged for and monitored a phone call between the victim’s mother and Kessel. During the hour-long call Kessel admitted to inappropriately touching the victim, saying “I’m extremely sorry,” and asking the victim’s mother if she was going to take the matter to the police because he was “worried about himself.”

Kessel was removed from the home by Loudoun Child Protective Services. Electronic devices seized from the home contained images of children sleeping in the same bed as Kessel and evidence of web searches related to child pornography.

Arrest warrants were obtained for Kessel in September and he was arrested at a relative’s home in Marion County, FL.

Kessel is being held without bond in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

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