Nick DeMond Sentenced To 23 Months In Prison For Sexual Assaults Involving Grandaughter
Long-time and well-known Douglas grocery store owner Nick DeMond was sentenced in Allegan County Circuit Court Monday to almost two years in prison for sexually molesting his granddaughter.
Allegan County Circuit Court Judge Margaret Bakker found DeMond, 45, guilty of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, a charge that carries a maximum of 10 years in jail and a minimum of 23 months, which is the sentence given to DeMond.
In exchange for DeMond entering a no contest plea to that felony charge, which requires lifetime registration as a sex offender and monitoring, prosecutors agreed to drop two more charges: two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against a person under 13 years old.
Despite the prosecutor’s recommendation against it, Bakker ordered DeMond to serve his term in a state prison, a correctional facility which will be decided by the Michigan Department of Corrections.
As part of her investigation, Bakker looked at reports from Michigan State Police detectives.
Those documents included a report from Michigan State Police Trooper Andrew Jamrog with quotes taken from the victim conducted at Safe Harbor in the City of Allegan. The victim reported she had been improperly touched on the breast and vaginal areas and that she would awake from sleep to find her grandfather’s hands all over her body.
The incidents took place between 2007 and 2011, after which they stopped.
In his defense, DeMond maintained he had no recollection of committing the sexual assault due to his heavy drinking.
Authorities close to the case, however, said they did not believe DeMond’s contention that he did not recall the several incidents of sexual abuse due to the number of times it happened over a period of years.
DeMond, of Hamilton, took over his late father Gary’s post as president of DeMond’s SuperValu in Douglas when Gary retired in 2009. The grocery store is a mainstay in the Saugatuck area, celebrating its 25 years in the community and is known to support a number of local charities.
From his Facebook post, DeMond has a number of pictures taken with his grandchildren, exhibits his enthusiasm for Star Wars films and camping, and shows videos and pictures in support of various community events and causes, (the 2016 Orlando nightclub shootings,) etc.
The police investigation also failed to turn up any other victims of DeMond.
DeMond was arrested in July 2016 by Michigan State Police and served 51 days in jail while plea bargaining and awaiting sentencing, days which will be credited towards his 23-month sentence.
Michigan Department of Correction officials speaking to The Local Observer said it is likely DeMond will be sent to a prison and placed in a secure, protected section with other child sex offenders and other inmates that are vulnerable to attacks from other inmates.
Inmates in prison often are known to consider child molesters as reprehensible and frequently target them for assault.