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.

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Yellowroselady

Women Against Registry advocates for the families who have loved ones required to register as sexual offenders.

More about the issue:

According to the NCMEC map there are over 912,000 men, women and children (as young as 8 and 10 in some states) required to register and the "crimes" range from urinating in public (indecent exposure), sexting, incest, mooning, exposure, false accusations by a soon-to-be ex-wife, angry girlfriend, or spiteful student, viewing abusive OR suggestive images of anyone 18 years old or younger, playing doctor, prostitution, solicitation, Romeo and Juliet consensual sexual dating relationships, rape, endangering the welfare of a child, the old bait-n-switch internet stings (taking sometimes 12 months before a person steps over the line) guys on the autism spectrum or with intellectual disabilities and many others.



If you multiply the number on the registry by 2 or 3 family members you can clearly see there are well over 3 million wives, children, moms, aunts, girlfriends, grandmothers and other family members who experience the collateral damage of being murdered, harassed, threatened, children beaten, have signs placed in their yards, homes set on fire, vehicles damaged, asked to leave their churches and other organizations, children passed over for educational opportunities, have flyers distributed around their neighborhood, wives lose their jobs when someone learns they are married to a registrant....all these things occur when these people try to hold their family together and provide the three things that professionals indicate are needed for successful reintegration; a job, a place to live and a “positive” support system.



The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics – ‘Frightening and High’ (Debunks the 80% recidivism rate cited by now SCOTUS Justice Kennedy)



It is very important that you read the abstract below and then the full 12 page essay by Ira Mark and Tara Ellman.

ABSTRACT This brief essay reveals that the sources relied upon by the Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe, a heavily cited constitutional decision on sex offender registries, in fact provide no support at all for the facts about sex offender re-offense rates that the Court treats as central to its constitutional conclusions. This misreading of the social science was abetted in part by the Solicitor General’s misrepresentations in the amicus brief it filed in this case. The false “facts” stated in the opinion have since been relied upon repeatedly by other courts in their own constitutional decisions, thus infecting an entire field of law as well as policy making by legislative bodies. Recent decisions by the Pennsylvania and California supreme courts establish principles that would support major judicial reforms of sex offender registries, if they were applied to the facts. This paper appeared in Constitutional Commentary Fall, 2015. Google: Frightening and High



A study reviewing sex crimes as reported to police revealed that:

a) 93% of child sexual abuse victims knew their abuser;

b) 34.2% were family members;

c) 58.7% were acquaintances;

d) Only 7% of the perpetrators of child victims were strangers;

e) 40% of sexual assaults take place in the victim’s own home;

f) 20% take place in the home of a friend, neighbor or relative (Jill Levenson, PhD, Lynn University)



There is a tremendous need to fund programs like "Stop It Now" that teaches parents how to begin and maintain a dialog with their children to intervene before harm occurs and about grooming behaviors as well as other things at age-appropriate levels in their Circles of Safety.



Our question to the public is one of, when does redemption begin?



We support the principles of Restorative/Transformative Justice; restore the victim, restore the offender AND restore the community.



Lastly, our country is proud to be 'the incarceration nation' with 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's incarcerated.

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