VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida —
Volusia Couny detectives have arrested a man accused of molesting multiple children after befriending their families, moving into their homes and babysitting for them, officials told WESH 2 News.
Michael J. McCabe, 47, of Port Orange, also known as “Uncle Mikey,” was taken into custody early Saturday.
McCabe had warrants out for his arrest on three counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and one count of sexual battery of a victim under the age of 12.
Detectives believe that McCabe befriended families, gained their trust and moved in with them to gain access to their children.
The victims in the first case — two girls, now ages 15 and 16 — told detectives in January that McCabe moved in as their babysitter several years ago and molested them repeatedly over the years. They said they were abused when they were between the ages of roughly 7 and 11 and that it continued after he moved out of their home in the Shady Oaks Mobile Home Park in Ormond Beach and started living with another family, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
That case led to the identification of another girl, now 9, who told detectives that her babysitter, “Uncle Mikey,” molested her starting when she was 5 and he was living with her family in Holly Hill, officials said.
Another 10-year-old victim came forward on Friday to the Port Orange Police Department with similar allegations. The Sheriff’s Office Child Exploitation Unit is investigating.
McCabe is believed to be in the Port Orange area and authorities, including the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression Team and the U.S. Marshals Task Force, are looking for him.
“All the stories are the same. He’s allowed to bathe the child, at which time the child is assaulted. Kissing a child on the lips. When you read it, it just curdles your blood,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.
“As parents, we can’t trust anybody with our children,” Chitwood said.