Knoxville man ordered to trial on child sex abuse charges

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A Knoxville man was ordered to stand trial this afternoon on charges that he sexually abused three teenage boys.

Michael Seaman, 40, waived his preliminary hearing before District Judge Derwin Rushing after the Allegheny County district attorney's office withdrew charges of promoted prostitution. A spokesman for the district attorney's office declined to comment on the dropping of those charges.

Pittsburgh police wrote in court documents that Mr. Seaman pressured the teenagers into various sex acts, often paying them after the abuse.

Mr. Seaman is charged with corruption of minors, photographing or filming a sex act involving a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and other crimes. He is scheduled to appear in court for formal arraignment Dec. 19.

Pittsburgh police said they continue to investigate Mr. Seaman.

Liz Navratil: or 412-263-1438. Twitter: @LizNavratil.


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