A Hays resident arrested in August for sex offenses involving four youths has been charged with committing offenses against three additional juveniles, said Det. Nancy Graybeal of the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office.
The new charges against Michael Scott Hoover, 49, include 23 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor under age 18, filed by Graybeal. These charges involve video and photo images of a 17-year-old committing sexual acts, she said, adding that the offenses occurred from June to August 2018 in Wilkes County.
Other new charges she filed against Hoover include four counts of indecent liberties and two counts of first-degree sex offense for acts involving another of the three additional victims. A warrant said these offenses occurred as long ago as 2017 and as recently as August 2019 in Wilkes. The victim was under age 16.
Involving this same victim, she said, the SBI charged Hoover with indecent liberties with a child, statutory sex offense, second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor in Yancey County.
Graybeal said second-degree sexual exploitation is the offense level for producing, copying or distributing child pornography and third-degree is for possession of child pornography.
She charged Hoover with attempted statutory sex offense and two counts of indecent liberties with a child in a case with a different victim under age 16. A warrant said this occurred between August and December 2010 in Wilkes. She said the SBI charged Hoover with committing similar offenses against the same victim in Forsyth County.
Graybeal originally charged Hoover with 10 counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of attempted indecent liberties with a child for offenses she said involved the first four victims.
She said the SBI charged Hoover with eight additional counts of indecent liberties with a child for offenses involving three of these original four victims. Six of these counts are for offenses committed in Wilkes and one apiece in Forsyth and Watauga, said Graybeal.
Hoover has been in the Wilkes County Jail since he was arrested at his home on Haymeadow Ridge Road on Aug. 15. He remains in the Wilkes County Jail.
Investigations involving some of the three additional juvenile victims resulted from reports made to law enforcement after Hoover’s arrest was announced in the media.
Graybeal said the seven juveniles identified as victims came in contact with Hoover in a variety of situations. She said some of the offenses against one of these seven involved Hoover being present at a Boy Scout activity, although he was not a registered Boy Scout leader.
Chief Deputy David Carson earlier described all of the victims as “family acquaintances” but not relatives of Hoover. He said the investigation began as a result of at least one victim telling an adult what had happened, and this was reported to law enforcement.
The gender or genders of the victims haven’t been identified. Graybeal said the investigation is continuing.