Crime

Child sex offender charged with stalking victim

PHOTO: Megan's Law database

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Sacramento man convicted of several sex crimes against a child has been charged with one count of cyberstalking for allegedly harassing the same person, now an adult.

Michael Jameson Chand was previously convicted of sending obscene matter to a minor and contacting a minor with intent to commit a specified sex offense. He was charged in a short federal indictment earlier this year with using an “electronic communication service” to cause harm and emotional distress to an anonymous woman.

The indictment doesn’t reveal specific details about what Chand allegedly did, but an application for a search warrant filed by a Sacramento detective over a year before the charge was handed down does.

Chand met the victim, referred to in documents as CW, online when she was 14. The victim sent Chand several sexually explicit photographs, which he then used to extort her for more photos, eventually sending them to her friends and family after threatening to do just that several times. Chand was sentenced to two years in state prison for the crimes in 2017, according to online records.

As a part of his sentence, Chand was ordered to stay away from his victim following his release, but authorities say he broke that prohibition by harassing her in 2020. Court papers say CW wrote in an FBI report that Chand had been attempting to contact her through new phone numbers and social media accounts in an attempt to apologize for his behavior. Each time she blocked his number or account, he allegedly picked up the conversation through new ones.

In September of 2020, Chand’s contact became threatening. Authorities say he left 44 voicemails on CW’s phone throughout the year, some of which contained racial epithets.

“Yeah that’s what I fucking thought n—a, turn off your phone like a fucking bitch coward,” Chand allegedly said in October. “That’s okay, I know where your fucking family lives.”

Chand allegedly told CW that he paid a witch to curse her son and promised to “pay a visit” to her daughter, among other vague threats. He never acted on these threats, but CW has nonetheless began to suffer from PTSD, anxiety, and depression stemming from the alleged harassment.

When Sacramento detectives contacted Chand, he told them CW was harassing him and threatening to post his sex offender status online. He accused her on Facebook of killing her ex and said her new partner was a rapist.

Officials searched Chand’s room at the Rancho Cordova Adult Day Health Care Center, a facility offering social and medical services to the elderly and disabled, and indicted him in August. He faces up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He’s currently out on $25,000 bond.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime and justice as well as issues of racial inequality. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822.

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