A Wicomico County jury found a man guilty of sexual abuse Wednesday in a case involving explicit recordings of a child.
The Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office said 50-year-old Michael Villa has been convicted of sexual abuse of a minor along with three counts of conducting visual surveillance in a private place with prurient intent, meaning sexual in nature.
The Salisbury Police Department received reports in December 2019 of a man, later identified as Villa, acting suspiciously at local businesses, according to prosecutors.
A previous report by Delmarva Now showed police identified Villa around that time as the person who exposed himself to customers at a Salisbury Barnes & Noble and took pictures of children at the Twilley Shopping Center.
Prosecutors said investigators seized Villa’s mobile devices when he was taken into custody, which had covert recordings of the intimate area of a 10-year-old child who had been in Villa’s care in 2018.
Villa is being held without bond pending sentencing, which has been postponed.