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GH man gets jail time for possession of child porn

Becky Vargo • Apr 23, 2019 at 7:00 AM

A Grand Haven man was ordered to serve 30 days in jail for possession of child pornography on his computer, with cases in Grand Haven and Coopersville, when he was sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Aaron William Doughty, 29, faced a sentence of up to four years in prison on the charge of possession of child sexually abusive material and up to seven years in prison for a charge of using a computer to commit a crime. The terms could have been served consecutively, but the Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office recommended concurrent terms at the time of the plea.

Doughty’s attorney, Jennifer Kuiper-Weise, said that her client knows this is a very serious crime and that he has taken many steps to understand his actions and change his behavior. Kuiper-Weise noted that Doughty was a long-time Goodwill employee and asked for the option of him serving jail time on weekends so that he wouldn’t lose his job.

Judge Karen Miedema said the 30-day jail term was typical for these types of crimes. She noted the volume of material involved in the case and said, “That is very concerning,” before denying the ability to serve jail time on the weekends. 

Doughty was also ordered to pay a $500 fine plus costs, and will be on probation for five years once he is released from jail. He must also register as a sex offender.

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