Former Grand Rapids juvenile corrections officer pleads guilty to sex assault
A former correctional officer at a Grand Rapids juvenile facility pleaded guilty Monday to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female resident. Devin Michael Wood, 24, entered the plea to three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct during ...
A former correctional officer at a Grand Rapids juvenile facility pleaded guilty Monday to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female resident.
Devin Michael Wood, 24, entered the plea to three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct during an appearance in State District Court in Grand Rapids.
A plea agreement calls for Wood to receive a 100-month executed prison sentence, according to the Itasca County Attorney’s Office. Wood would also be required to register as a predatory offender and be subject to lifetime conditional release. Under the agreement, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct would be dismissed.
The agreement is subject to the approval of the court. Sentencing is set for Oct. 27 before Judge Lois Lang.
Wood was employed as a correctional officer for North Homes Children and Family Services when the assaults allegedly occurred in the girl’s secured cell between April 10 and April 12.
The alleged victim gave a statement to police, stating that her involvement with Wood started as kissing and touching of her body parts, before they had sex on several occasions over three days. The girl also provided two notes that Wood had written her, one of which contained graphic sexual content directed toward her.
Another girl at the facility reported to authorities that she overheard the alleged victim tell a roommate that she had sex with Wood in her cell. The roommate later confirmed the information.
An officer reviewed surveillance video from the facility, and observed Wood entering the girl’s cell on several occasions.
Police said Wood refuted most of the accusations during an interview before he was arrested.