Local man pleads guilty to child porn

A Grand Haven-area man caught using his computer to view and copy child pornography could be sent to prison for up to 20 years.
Becky Vargo
May 21, 2014

 

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.

Comments

flowers

Haha piece of sh** your going to prison!!!!

newsblogger

He will be out in 8 yrs or less to re-offend...and this behavior will repeat over and over... I know someone in Grand Haven who was actually molesting young girls and they sentenced him to 20 yrs and he was out in 8 only to re-offend, and again get sentenced to up to 32 yrs, only to be let out in 8 yrs and he is currently walking among us. (Prior to these prison stays he did a year for a violent robbery in which he beat his victim and left them for dead in a ditch)

Wingmaster

Castrate the rotten evil ba$tard and tattoo on his forehead "I'm a child molester" before he is allowed to be free.

 

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