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Posted: Monday, 18 August 2014 3:40PM

Mattawan Man Sentenced For Sexually Exploiting Children

A Mattawan man is headed to prison for 30 years for sexually abusing two young children in 2012. 39-year-old James Beckman Jr. was convicted of multiple felonies in March and was sentenced Monday in federal court in Grand Rapids. He will also be on lifetime supervised release after he is let out of prison and will have to register as a sex offender. Beckman streamed live video of his abuses and exploitation of the victims over the Internet in exchange for child pornography. Two accomplices testified against him during the trial, and his arrest uncovered a network of people trafficking in child pornography. U.S. District Judge Janet Neff also ordered Beckman to pay over $32,000 in restitution to his victims. During sentencing, she said on a scale of 1 to 10, the case was "way past 10."


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