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Mattawan man's sex abuse trial goes to jury

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The fate of a Mattawan man accused of sexually abusing two children is now in the hands of a jury.

James Beckman Jr. faces several charges, including sexual exploitation of a child, and distribution of child pornography.

Prosecutors say between November of 2011 and September of last year, Beckman tried to get a young boy to engage in sexual acts to be broadcast on the Internet.

State police say they were first tipped off by a member of his own family.