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SL man gets home confinement for child porn conviction

Becky Vargo • Apr 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM

A Spring Lake man with life-threatening medical conditions will be allowed to serve his jail sentence for a child pornography conviction at home.

However, Daniel DeVries will not be allowed to use a computer — at least at this time — to conduct his home-based business.

DeVries, 66, was sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

DeVries’ attorney said that his client suffers from a “score-plus” of life-threatening injuries and medical conditions, and sees his doctors a couple of times each week. The attorney asked that his client have home-confinement and be able to use his computer to conduct his home business selling classic car parts online.

On Feb. 22, DeVries pleaded guilty to charges of possessing child sexually abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed not to add any further charges related to the case.

“This has really been an eye-opening experience in my life,” DeVries told Judge Jon Hulsing. “I’ve sought help on my own for pornography addiction.”

Hulsing said he had been provided enough proof to convince him that DeVries was medically fragile and that long-term incarceration would be detrimental to his health.

“While your offenses deserve incarceration, incarceration in the Ottawa County Jail would be more of a punishment for Ottawa County taxpayers,” Hulsing said to him. 

Instead, the judge ordered DeVries to spend 180 days confined to his home with the use of a tether. DeVries may leave the property for medical appointments and meetings with his probation officer.

Hulsing said that DeVries could not have access to the internet, but that he could work out limited terms for access with the Ottawa County Department of Corrections.

DeVries was ordered to be on probation for five years, pay a $1,000 fine plus court costs, and register as a sex offender.

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