Hesperia man sentenced to jail for accosting child.

March 5, 2018

Henry Verschueren with defense attorney Julie Springstead Waltz.

Hesperia man sentenced to jail for accosting child.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART – A 27-year-old Hesperia man was sentenced to nine months in jail in 27th Circuit Court Monday, March 5, for a conviction of accosting children for immoral purposes.

Henry Verschueren, of 2149 152nd Ave., initially faced two other felony charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) – victim 13-15 years old and using a computer to commit a crime. Those charges were dismissed when it became evident that the victim was not going to cooperate with prosecution. “The victim did not want to proceed to trial,” said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 0-9 months, and Judge Bradley G. Lambrix sentenced at the top of the guidelines.

“Mr. Verschueren, this is a serious offense,” said Lambrix.

The charges stem from an Oct. 28, 2016 incident in Ferry Township, according to his court file.

Verschueren, who received credit for two days served in jail, was also ordered to five years probation.

He must register as a sex offender, Bizon said.

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