(Photo provided by South Bend Tribune)

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NILES — A Niles man will spend the next 15 years in prison for sexually molesting a 6-year-old boy.

During his sentencing this week Berrien County Trial Judge Scott Schofield told Michael Wayne Lewis that he deserves "every moment" for what he did to his young victim.

Lewis, 61, of Broadway in Niles, was sentenced to two concurrent 15-year prison terms after pleading guilty to one count of second-degree and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct as well as being a habitual offender. The incident occurred Sept. 27 in Niles.

He must also pay $266 in fines and costs, register as a sex offender and have lifetime GPS monitoring after he is released.

The victim's mother spoke in court before the sentencing. She described her son as a bright, humorous and outgoing boy who was betrayed "in the worst possible way."

"No one knows how long and how deeply this will effect him," she said.

Defense attorney Albert Mais said Lewis had previously received medical treatment that controlled his urges after a 1981 conviction for child molesting in Indiana’s St. Joseph County.

"He acknowledges that what he did was terribly wrong and hopefully he can get treatment and medication again," he said.

For his part, Lewis apologized for his actions and acknowledged what he did after some prompting from the judge and having to take a break after feeling faint.

"I'm very, very sorry for what happened," he said. "I know it will hurt him. … I'm going to get help and recover."

Schofield told Lewis he needs to take responsibility for his actions and not blamed what happened on not being on medications.

"I know you like to think this is a medication failing and not a moral failing, you're wrong," he said. "It's a moral failing, not a medication failing. … You don't need medication to know you shouldn't fondle a child."

The judge said this incident will have lasting effects on Lewis' victim.

"This has created trust issues for him," he said. "Instead of being someone he could rely on for protection, he needed protection from you. This will have a serious effect on his development. He was treated like a sexual plaything and that communicates that he is not a person but a thing."

A Berrien Center man is going to prison after pleading guilty to attempted breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and resisting and obstructing a police officer. The incident occurred Oct. 10 in Berrien Township and the resisting and obstructing was against Berrien County Sheriff's Deputy Mike McKie.

Dewayne Jason Moore, 36, of Michigan 140 in Berrien Center, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the attempted breaking and entering count and 17 months in prison on the resisting and obstructing count. Both terms will be served concurrently and in boot camp. Moore must pay $266.

Moore told Schofield that his head wasn't "clear" and he ran when police came to arrest him.

The judge noted that Moore had a fairly substantial prior record with mainly drug and alcohol convictions. "Thirty misdemeanors is a lot, and now you've graduated to a felony," he said. "I will recommend boot camp but you have to understand that this has got to stop here."

"You're not a boy any more, it's time to start acting like a man," he said. "If you don't take advantage of this opportunity, you can expect to go back to prison in the future."