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Man sentenced on child exploitation charges


Richard Eric Webb, owner of Zylatech.

Richard Eric Webb, owner of Zylatech.

The Cedar Springs business owner who was arrested last fall on child exploitation charges has pleaded to the charges and is now serving his sentence.

Richard Webb, 45, of Nelson Township, was arrested in September 2016, after the Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force conducted a search warrant at his home, and found him to be in possession of and distributing child sexually abusive material.

Webb was charged with one count of distributing child sexually abusive material, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. He pled guilty to those charges, and was sentenced to one year in jail, five years probation, and 200 hours of community service. He also has to pay $1,326 in court-related costs: $136 to the state, $130 crime victim, $60 DNA, $600 attorney fees, and $400 in court costs. He is serving his time in the Kent County jail.

Webb is the owner/operator of Zylatech, an IT business based in Cedar Springs. The business provided service to the greater Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo areas.

According to D/Sgt. Chris Prevette, clients of Zylatech shouldn’t have anything to worry about regarding their own computers. “We don’t have anything showing that he co-mingled his personal files with business files,” he said.

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Wife upset Post reported husband arrested


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I am writing regarding the defamatory article that was published on September 15, 2016, about my esteemed husband of 20 years Richard Webb. I stand in support of my husband’s character and our business regardless of the charges mentioned. Since we were not given an opportunity to comment I will list some details that were not reported:

When my husband was a young man he voluntarily assisted The Cedar Springs Post specifically, Lois Allen and her mother, when they had computer issues. In addition he also voluntarily assisted with preparing the papers for delivery.

Zylatech has supported the City of Cedar Springs for 12 years. In recognition of our home town we waived our standard travel charge for them. We have always gone above and beyond to make sure they were taken care of. When there were no technicians immediately available I myself went onsite and installed memory in a PC for a previous City Manager so he could get back to work.

The current City Manager, Mike Womack, has only been with the City for a very short time and has never met Rich. I do not consider his comments to be an accurate representation of our company.

My husband and I have run our business with integrity for 16 years. Our goal has always been “To honor God while providing a timely response and quality service.” That is what we do and will continue to do.

I am disheartened by the fact that our own hometown newspaper has treated us and our local small business with such disrespect. Rich and his family have been members of this community most, if not all, of their lives. I personally have lived in Cedar Springs for 19 years and am proud to have our 12-year-old son, Ian, attending Cedar Springs Middle School. It’s unfortunate that no one at The Cedar Springs Post took in account the damage that this article would do to our son, family, friends, church, employees, and livelihood.

In closing I would like to remind the Post and it’s readers that one of the most sacred principles in the American criminal justice system is that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty. I also want The Cedar Springs Post and it’s readers to understand that God is with us no matter what the situation or trial we face in life. I recommend everyone watch and see what our Almighty God is going to do!

Sherrie E. Webb

Director of Operations, Zylatech, LLC

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IT owner arrested on child exploitation charges


Richard Eric Webb, owner of Zylatech, was arrested on child exploitation charges.

Richard Eric Webb, owner of Zylatech, was arrested on child exploitation charges.

A Cedar Springs business owner is in hot water after police allegedly found child sexually abusive material on his home computer.

According to D/Sgt. Chris Prevette, the Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force conducted an investigation that led to the arrest of a Richard Webb, 44, of Nelson Township.

A search warrant was conducted at Webb’s residence, where he was found to be in possession of, and distributing, child sexually abusive material. He turned himself in on Thursday, Sept. 8, for video arraignment in 61st District Court in Grand Rapids.

Webb was charged with one count of distributing child sexually abusive material, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. Bond was set at $25,000. He was released on his own personal recognizance.

Webb is the owner/operator of Zylatech, an IT business based in Cedar Springs. The business provides service to the greater Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo areas.

According to D/Sgt. Prevette, clients of Zylatech shouldn’t have anything to worry about regarding their own computers. “We don’t have anything showing that he co-mingled his personal files with business files,” expained Prevette.

Prevette said that MSP initiated the investigation into Webb’s files, but couldn’t yet divulge what led them to suspect him.

A probable cause conference is scheduled for September 20 at 9 a.m., and a preliminary exam is scheduled for September 27 at 1:30 p.m., both in 61st District Court.

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