Canton Man, Shailesh Patel Pleads Guilty To Sexual Exploitation of Children
(STL.News) A Canton man pleaded guilty today to one count of sexual exploitation of children, announced Acting United States Attorney Saima Mohsin.
Mohsin was joined in the announcement by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Special Agent in Charge Timothy Waters, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Division.
Shailesh Patel, 53, entered his guilty plea before United States District Judge George Caram Steeh. A sentencing date has been set for July 20, 2021.
“The sexual assault of children and the production of child pornography are heinous crimes and those who prey upon our children and commit these acts of violence will be vigorously prosecuted and brought to justice,” stated Acting US Attorney Mohsin. “The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to working with our federal and local law enforcement partners involved with the SEMTEC Task Force to protect children from abuse and exploitation.”
“The women in this case were sexually assaulted for years by Shailesh Patel,” said Prosecutor Worthy. “They were children when the abuse began, and they were courageous to come forward as adults to report this behavior to the authorities.