A 32-year-old Nunica man will spend at least two years in prison after inappropriately touching at least one underage girl late last year.
Kenneth Alan Hayes Jr. was ordered to serve 24-180 months in prison when he was sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.
Hayes apologized and said there was no way he could justify what he did.
“It was a terrible mistake,” he said.
Judge Jon Hulsing told Hayes that “it was a deliberate choice that you made.”
The judge complimented the man for working hard on his self-improvement while in jail. At the same time, “what you did was really horrible,” Hulsing said.
The victim’s mother read two letters from her daughter during the hearing. In one of the letters, the daughter claimed that she woke up to Hayes touching her breasts.
“He was supposed to be a father figure,” she said in the letter.
In another letter, the daughter expressed anger that the man took things away from her family.
Defense attorney Bob Zitta pointed out that his client had no prior criminal history and had strong family support. Zitta said that he believed Hayes would be a productive person when he was released from jail.
Hulsing gave Hayes credit for 194 days already served in jail.
Once released from prison, Hayes will have to register as a sex offender, submit to lifetime electronic monitoring and pay a yet-to-be-determined amount of restitution to the victim’s family.