In July 2011, Dennis Brian Devlin was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in Federal Prison for forcing a 13-year-old boy to participate in child pornography at the local Desert Inn Hotel in Daytona, FL. Devlin, a 57-year-old man, was working as the hotel manager of the Desert Inn in February when local authorities raided the hotel and found images of the child along with other evidence. Police report that Devlin was working with another man, 21-year-old Michael Ehmen, to lure the 13-year-old back to the hotel to perform the illicit acts. Ehmen pled guilty to the same charges as Devlin and was sentenced to 7 years in Federal Prison. U.S. District Court Judge John Antoon II also sentenced Ehmen to 15 months of house arrest, 20 years of probation and $6,000 in restitution to the victim.
The abuse, neglect, and exploitation of a child constitute reprehensible acts and should be punished to the full extent of the law. Tragically, many such acts in Florida and other States are under the radar of law enforcement and leave the victim to the whims of the sexual offender / predator. In some cases, the criminal is caught and punished so that the community is free of just one more predator/sex offender during the prison term.
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