Man sent to prison for accosting child.

September 27, 2021

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Man sent to prison for accosting child.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — A 26-year-old man was sentenced to 18 months to four years in prison in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Sept. 27, for a conviction of accosting a child for immoral purposes.

Joe Alan Dyer “texed lewd messages to a 13-year-old girl and invited her to do things, but she told her mom and they called the police,” said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon. Dyer pleaded guilty to the charge Feb. 22.

Dyer, who is currently lodged in the Newaygo County Jail, appeared in court via Polycom video conferencing. He is serving a one-year sentence for methamphetamine possession, according to court staff.

According to Michigan Department of Corrections records, Dyer has served previous prison terms for felony convictions of larceny in a building, larceny from a motor vehicle and third-degree CSC.

Defense attorney Timothy Hayes said his client had no physical contact with the victim — the contact was done all via texting.

“This offender has three prior felonies including third-degree CSC involving preying upon a minor,” said Prosecutor Bizon. “This defendant has earned a prison sentence with his conduct.”

Judge Robert D. Springstead gave Dyer credit for 132 days served in jail.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 10-23 months.

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