Mattawan man found guilty in child porn case

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Mattawan man was convicted on several federal charges related to online child pornography.

A jury found 39-year-old James Beckman, Jr. guilty on ten counts of attempting to sexually exploit a child by trying to make his own child pornography.

He was also convicted on one count of attempting to coerce and entice a child to commit a sex act, two counts of distributing child pornography, and two counts of receiving child pornography, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles’ office stated in a release Wednesday.

In federal court documents, authorities allege Beckman made a boy under the age of 10 to perform explicit acts for a recording that would be distributed via the Internet.

Authorities say Beckman committed the crimes between November 2012 and September 2012.

“The evidence presented at trial showed that Beckman sexually abused and exploited two young children during 2012. He streamed and attempted to stream live video of this abuse and exploitation to others. In exchange, he received child pornography and other things he deemed of value,” the release said.

Michigan State Police worked with the FBI to investigate as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

Beckman could spend the rest of his life in prison when sentenced.

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