Man gets prison for sexual abuse of minor

David Heinsen was arraigned in Hastings District Court on Wednesday. (Sept. 23, 2015)

HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Barry County man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl with Down syndrome has been sentenced to decades in prison.

David Heinsen of Nashville, Michigan was sentenced on Tuesday in Barry County Circuit Court to 40 to 60 years in prison. He gets credit for 202 days served and is also ordered to not have access to a computer or the internet.

In January, Heinsen pleaded to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under the age of 13. Three other charges were dropped.

This sentence will run concurrent with his sentencing in federal court where he was charged with receiving of child pornography and possession of child pornography. The federal court sentencing is scheduled for April.

Heinsen told police that he had sexually abused girls in the past, including a neighbor his family babysat in Nashville in 1989. The victim, who has Down syndrome, was 8 years old at the time and unable to describe the abuse.

Police began investigating Heinsen in July after child pornography was found on a computer he used frequently. Search warrants conducted on the suspect’s home revealed numerous images, videos and magazines.

The investigation has revealed 650,000 images and 3,000 videos of sexually abusive material of children of all ages, including toddlers. Many of the images show children being sexually abused and tortured.

Nashville Police Chief Chris Koster stated in his 30-plus years of law enforcement, this is the worst case he has ever investigated.

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