The last of seven men nabbed in a clandestine sting operation targeting sex predators was sentenced Monday to probation for his December, 2015 encounter with a so-called video vigilante.
Jered Scott Andrus, 38, in January pleaded no contest to attempted accosting children for immoral purposes. The plea came the same day his jury trial was to begin in Kent County Circuit Court.
In exchange for his plea, the Kent County prosecutor’s office agreed to drop the original accosting charge, a four-year felony. The attempted accosting charge is punishable by up to two years in prison.
Kent County Circuit Court Judge George Quist on Monday, March 13 sentenced Andrus to a three-year term of probation.
The Jenison man was the last of seven defendants with a case still pending. His six co-defendants entered pleas or were convicted at trial and sentenced to terms of probation ranging from 18 months to three years.
The seven men were all targeted by 23-year-old Zach Sweers, who posed as a 15-year-old girl to flush out men looking to have sex with a minor.
The evidence was turned over to Grand Rapids police and led to criminal charges.
Andrus arranged a meeting at a fast food restaurant on Leonard Street NW west of U.S. 131 in Dec. 2015, court records show. There was no girl, just Sweers with a video camera.
The Kent County Prosecutor’s Office in early May sent Sweers a letter asking that he end the video encounters.