The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force picked up on Shawn Lynn Keech’s activities on Feb. 26 when he visited websites monitored by the task force.
Keech, 47, 15123 Mercury Drive, pleaded guilty to the charges Monday morning in Ottawa County Circuit Court.
In exchange for the Grand Haven Township man' plea, prosecutors will not bring additional charges against him. Federal authorities will also not press charges, Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Ron Frantz said.
Keech, who had been free on bond, was ordered to go directly to jail by Judge Jon Hulsing. Bond was denied.
“This is serious,” Hulsing told Keech when his attorney noted the man was in counseling. “You are going to jail.”
Keech answered in the affirmative when the judge asked him if what he was viewing showed children involved in sexual activity. He also said “yes, sir” when asked if the children were under age 16 and if he was viewing the explicit material on his computer.
Keech pleaded guilty to child sexual abusive activity, which carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence; possession of child sexually abusive material, a four-year felony; and using a computer to commit a crime involving child sexually abusive material, a seven-year felony.
“We’re not saying this individual produced the original pornography,” Frantz said. “The mere fact that you are looking at it is a four-year felony.”
In addition, to make a disc and save those images is a 20-year felony now, the prosecutor said.
“Looking at it on a computer is considered possession,” Frantz explained.
The prosecutor said this type of charge is not common in Ottawa County.
“We probably have a dozen cases a year of possession of child pornography,” he said. “I’m sure there are investigations. I can’t recall any other right now in Ottawa County.”
Keech will be sentenced June 16.