Dumas sentenced for child pornography charges

Joseph Dumas, and his attorney, William Burdette, stand before Judge David Thompson on Monday during his sentencing. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate)

Joseph Dumas, and his attorney, William Burdette, stand before Judge David Thompson on Monday during his sentencing. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate)

MANISTEE COUNTY — Joseph Jerome Dumas, 63, of Manistee, was sentenced on Monday for several child pornography charges.

On Jan. 8, Dumas pleaded no contest to two counts of using a computer to commit a crime — a smartphone in this case — and two counts for the possession of child sexually abusive material.

In exchange for the plea, the court dismissed one count of child sexually abusive activity distributing or promoting, three counts of possession of child sexually abusive material and four counts of using a computer to commit crime.

Dumas was sentenced on Monday to 17 months to four years in prison for each count of child sexually abusive material (counts two and three); and 37 months to seven years in prison, for each count of using a computer to commit a crime (counts seven and eight).

He was credited for 56 days served in jail.

Judge David Thompson said count two (child sexually abusive material) and count seven (using a computer to commit a crime) will be served consecutively; count three (child sexually abusive material) and count eight (using a computer to commit a crime) will also be served consecutively, meaning one term will be served after another.

“The use of a computer to commit a crime will be served consecutive to respective counts of possession of child sexually abusive material,” said Thompson.

Before the sentencing, William Burdette, Dumas’ attorney, asked that the court consider Dumas’ clean criminal record, and sentence him to serve concurrent terms.

“These crimes are very serious offenses, your Honor. My client acknowledges those, he’s very remorseful and he’s ashamed about what occurred here,” said Burdette. “I think it is easy to define my client by these crimes, but he’s a lot more than that your Honor. My client admits what he did was wrong, he went down a dark path and accepts his punishment.

“I would ask, your Honor, in this case — given he has no prior record and all of the positive things he has done in his life — that the court does not sentence him to consecutive sentences.”

Dumas also made a statement.

“The depth and width of my remorse and regret has caused me continuous sadness and sorrow,” Dumas said. “I am very sorry for all of the effects it’s had on, not only beginning with the victims, but with my family and my name.

“This is something I am going to carry with me for the rest of my life. I am sorry, and it won’t happen again.”

On Monday, Thompson said the sentence aims to protect children from these crimes, impose a punishment and rehabilitate the defendant.

“Mr. Dumas, it is this court’s opinion that the possession of child sexually abusive material represents the vile, inexcusable exploitation of children,” said Thompson. “Where there is a demand for it, unfortunately there will be a supply for it; Mr. Dumas, you represent the demand… a prison sentence will at least protect other children from this type of behavior from you.”

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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