In June of this year, 32-year-old Jason Hoover, a Cedar Springs resident who also uses the alias Jason Wert, was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a 13-year-old girl. According to news reports, police alleged that Hoover went from selling drugs to using cocaine as a way to seduce and then sexually abuse the victim. In late October, Hoover pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine less than 25 grams and third-degree fleeing and eluding. He also pleaded no contest to one count of third-degree CSC.
Court records indicated that the girl told Cedar Springs police that she and Hoover had sexual relations many times over a nine month time period. Hoover allegedly gave the victim cocaine to smoke and snort in order to seduce her. Hoover has a long criminal history filled with charges related to drugs, including delivery and maintaining a drug house.
In March, Hoover was pulled over by police in the Arby’s restaurant parking lot located at 17 Mile Road NE. News reports allege that during this stop, police found cocaine in the driver’s side visor. Ultimately, Hoover’s home was searched and evidence found led to witnesses in the sexual assault of the 13-year-old victim.
In April of 2011, Hoover was released from prison after serving time for possession of a firearm by a felon, marijuana and cocaine charges, and domestic violence. A criminal sexual conduct investigation which was filed in 2010 was reopened by Sgt. Edward Good of the Cedar Springs Police after Good was given new information regarding the case by the Kent County Sheriff Department. This resulted in the issue of a 2-count felony warrant for first-degree CSC (during a felony) against Hoover.
A sentencing date has been scheduled in Kent County Circuit Court for November 14.
News reports indicate that Hoover may face a minimum of 25 years in prison and possibly life behind bars if convicted as a repeat offender.
Michigan sex crimes lawyers know that those convicted of sex offenses face serious and often life-changing consequences. An individual’s career and reputation may be forever ruined, along with the loss of freedom.
If you have been accused of or arrested for a sex-related offense, protect your legal rights and future by consulting with a seasoned Michigan sex crimes defense attorney.