I can see some stats on how people find this website. One of the things I can see if what pages people arrive at first. That tells me what information people are searching for. One of the pages that’s getting lots of attention is the article about Michigan State Police Trooper Devin Wilson’s arrest on charges of possession and distribution of child sexually abusive material. So let’s talk some more about that.
Devin Wilson was a Trooper with the Michigan State Police. Technically he still is, but he’s on leave until this is all resolved. Even if he’s eventually acquitted of the charges, he can still lose his job. Trooper Wilson was with MSP’s Hart post. He’s 26 years old.
Wilson has already been arraigned. (An arraignment is where the judge tells you what the charges are and sets bond.) The case is in Newaygo County’s 78th District Court. It starts in District Court even though he’s facing felony charges.
He’s facing charges of possessing and distributing child sexually abusive material. He’s also charged with using a computer to commit a crime. Using a computer to commit a crime is another felony that’s a tag along in almost any situation where there are electronics involved. It gives the prosecutor something to plea bargain.
When you’re charged with a felony, you start in District Court with what’s called a preliminary hearing. It’s a little mini trial with no jury in order to make sure that the evidence shows up and that the prosecutor isn’t totally off their rocker to bring the charges. Charges almost always make it past the preliminary examination, and then the case moves up to Circuit Court. Cases then typically go to a jury trial in Circuit Court, but not always. The District Court judge or the Circuit Court judge can throw out the case before trial for lack of evidence.
If Wilson is convicted of the charges, he almost certainly faces a stint in prison. However, if you’re a government employee or married to one, you might get the friends and family plan, which is county jail.
Should a law enforcement officer receive a harsher sentence for violating the law? That’s an interesting question. The question reminds me of a verse from the Bible which says that not many people should become teachers because teachers will be judged more strictly. Law enforcement officials certainly claim moral authority on issues of law and order. What do you think?
MSP should audit Wilson’s work in light of the accusations.