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Man gets 9 years in prison for molesting girl

Becky Vargo • Sep 5, 2018 at 12:00 PM

A 28-year-old Nunica man apologized Tuesday for molesting his roommate’s daughter before he was sent to prison for a minimum of nine years.

“I’m sorry for everything,” said Jordan Brett Haines during the sentencing hearing in Ottawa County Circuit Court. “If I could go back and change things, then I would — in an instant.” 

Haines was given credit for 37 days already spent in the Ottawa County Jail. When released from prison, he will have to register as a sex offender and will also be subject to lifetime GPS monitoring.

His victim, a Grand Haven Township girl who was 12 at the time, said that Haines had been like an older brother to her.

“I thought he was someone I could trust,” the now 14-year-old said. “He ended up being a monster.”

The girl’s mother said that Haines was treated like family until she found out about the incidents. The mother said there’s a video of Haines touching her child that was taken five days prior to him denying doing anything to the girl. The mother also said that cameras were found in the bathroom and in her daughter’s bedroom.

The mother said her daughter was told not to say anything because “we would lose our house.” At the time, the mother was on disability.

Haines’ mother, Lorine Haines, said she supported her son “100 percent” and felt like the justice system betrayed him.

“He moved in for a place to stay and ended up staying to help financially,” she said.

Lorine Haines noted that it was shortly after her son made plans to move out that the charges came up. She also claimed that there were no faces in the video and there was no way that anyone could be properly identified in it.

“We were hoping for a better result based on all the circumstances,” said defense attorney John Moritz.

Jordan Haines pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct during a July 16 hearing. In exchange, the following charges were dismissed: second-degree criminal sexual conduct, using a computer to commit a crime and possession of child sexually abusive material.

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