Dowagiac man found guilty on 15 child molestation, pornography counts

CASS COUNTY, Mich. – A Dowagiac man was found guilty Monday of 15 child molestation and pornography counts, the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office announced.

Kevin Lee Hanner, 54, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison as a habitual offender.

Hanner was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy at his home on three occasions and was also found guilty of 12 counts of possession of child sexually abusive material (CSAM).

Investigators found over 5,000 possible CSAM photographs on one of Hanner’s computers.

Multiple electronics containing prepubescent CSAM were found at Hanner’s apartment.

Hanner is set to be sentenced on May 20.

Hanner has previous convictions out of Berrien County for criminal sexual conduct in the second degree (in 1989 and 1996) and a 1996 felony conviction out of Texas for indecency with a child.

Hanner’s sexual conduct counts in this case carry a mandatory minimum of 25 years because of his violent felony offender history.

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