Gaugi Leston Holm, 51, Charlevoix was scheduled to prison this morning in the 33rd Circuit Court following his convictions for possessing child sexually abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime.
The defendant was sentenced by Judge Roy C. Hayes III to serve 36 to 84 months for using a computer to commit a crime and 24 to 48 months for possessing the material. The sentences will run concurrently.
Holm pleaded guilty to both charges on April 9, admitting that he accessed and possessed images of children engaged in sexual activities.
According to a police affidavit filed in the case, this investigation began when the Internet crimes Against Children Task Force received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children indicating that Holm had downloaded the materials.
The tips were followed up by the Michigan State Police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security who located the images on the Defendant’s Google drive and accessed them from his computer.
Holm was convicted on two charges of criminal sexual conduct involving victims under the age of 13 and was sentenced to serve 8 to 40 years in prison at that time.
At the sentencing, Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said that the defendant is a predator who has had the opportunities to change his behavior, through programming both while he was in prison and after his release, but he has failed to do so, continuing to seek sexual satisfaction from children, this time through images.
Telgenhof also stressed that this is not a victimless crime, since actual children were victimized in creating the images and that a market exists for these materials due to people like Holm.
“The court focused on safety of the public in fashioning this sentence,” Telgenhof stated. “This person has shown they cannot stop this type of behavior and the only way we can be sure the public is protected is if they are imprisoned.”