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Kalamazoo County man sentenced for abusing autistic son

David Bassett, 52 says he is innocent
David Bassett, 52 says he is innocent

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- A Kalamazoo County man convicted of sexually abusing his autistic son has been given 30 to 40 years in prison for his crimes.

Prosecutors say the crimes took place over a period of years. At times the boy was kept in a cage.

52-year-old David Bassett of Texas Township, insists he is innocent, but it took his Kalamazoo County Jury less than an hour to convict him last month.

In their victim impact statements, both the 14-year-old boy and his mother repeated how they hated him, and that it was his turn to experience what it’s like to live in a cage and fear being raped.