Sexual predator who claims boys sought him gets prison

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – A convicted sex offender who told detectives children are attracted to him and seek him out was sentenced Tuesday to between 25 and 60 years in prison for sexually assaulting a boy while they watched “A Christmas Story.”

Jason Michael Spencer appeared in Kent County Circuit Court today for sentencing on two separate charges for sexual assaults that took place between August and October, 2012 on Maplebrook Street SE in Gaines Township when the boy was 8.

Spencer told police he shouldn’t be prosecuted “since these kids are the ones who want to ‘do it’ with him,” court records show.

Judge Paul Sullivan disagreed. “The defendant provides some real concerns from a public safety standpoint, particularly as it relates to young children,” Sullivan said. “There’s no question he’s going to be in custody for a long time.”

Spencer will spend a minimum of 25 years in prison before he can be considered for parole in the Gaines Township case. Police got involved in December after the boy disclosed the assaults while being interviewed at the Children’s Assessment Center in Grand Rapids.

Today’s sentence will not begin until Spencer finishes time for a 2013 sexual assault involving a six-year-old Kentwood boy left in his care. He’s also serving time for breaking into a home with the help of a 13-year-old boy.

In the most recent case, Spencer initially claimed it was the child who sought him out, court records show. He told Kent County Sheriff’s Detective Joel Roon the boy “actually had approached him and he ‘wanted it,”’ according to a probable cause affidavit.

“Jason said he constantly has to stop himself from having sexual contact with kids because they tend to seek him out,” Roon wrote. “Jason said that he doesn’t understand the justice system as it pertains to this type of case because he didn’t feel that he should be prosecuted for this since these kids are the ones who want to ‘do it’ with him.”