A Detroit man accused of sex trafficking a 15-year-old runaway wrote a letter to his federal judge explaining that he is merely a "good man in a misunderstood situation."
Malik McCaster, 21, is accused of child sex trafficking, child exploitation and possessing or producing child pornography, MLive reports. Last Thursday, he handwrote a note pleading for bond.
"I am no saint; neither am I perfect," McCaster 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."
He even made a birthday plea, stating that being released on bond would "be the best birthday a 21-year-old innocent man could ask for.”
In July, the 15-year-old girl allegedly escaped McCaster. She approached a motel worker for help, who called 911. The teen told the worker that she was being held against her will.
Police said the two met at a fireworks show, two days before the teen’s parents reported her as a runway. According to MLive, McCaster offered to give her a ride home, but took her elsewhere once she was in his car.
"McCaster assaulted her and told her he would kill her if she tried to leave" a complaint stated. Over the next eight days, investigators said McCaster beat, threatened, sexually assaulted and prostituted the girl. Police found cell phone video that McCaster had recorded of the two engaging in sexual acts. He also allegedly advertised her availability for sexual encounters in online Craigslist classified ads, according to Fox2Detroit.
[Photo: Redford Police Department]