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Posted on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 : 7:10 p.m.

Ypsilanti man facing 5 charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a boy multiple times to face trial

By Kyle Feldscher

The Ypsilanti man facing 5 criminal sexual conduct charges for sexually assaulting a boy over the span of a decade will stand trial in February.

Dervin Mood faces 3 charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and 2 counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for alleged assaults against 1 victim multiple times from 2000 to 2011. His trial will begin at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 13 at the Washtenaw County Trial Court in Ann Arbor.


Dervin Mood

According to court records, police say Mood sexually assaulted a boy he knows multiple times at his home in Ypsilanti. He has previously been convicted of receiving child pornography.

If convicted, the first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges each carry a maximum penalty of life in prison and the second-degree criminal sexual conduct charges each carry a maximum of 15 years in prison.

According to court records, Mood has worked as a public school teacher and directed a child care center from 1975 to 1982. He has 5 adult children and has a master’s degree in elementary education.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Wed, Sep 21, 2011 : 1:04 p.m.

As indicated in the sentencing memo from the judge, the link to which is included in Roadman's post, this person was charged also with producing child pornography. The feds recovered pictures of him assaulting a child, the "Couch pictures," per the judge's memo, which were the basis of the "producing" child pornography charges that were later dropped as part of the plea deal. This person is a monster, and it's a matter of public record. The judge's memo outlining the basis for the sentencing on the one charge he pled to gives a glimpse as to the nature and severity of this man's offenses. The fact that he was allowed to plead to something lesser doesn't change the fact that he is a predator, a highly prolific one, and one who is an immediate threat to any and all kids who get anywhere close to him. The very idea someone with his behavior could be "rehabilitated" is utter nonsense.


Wed, Sep 21, 2011 : 3:49 a.m.

I think readers need to know what school he taught at. Was he a substitute or a full time teacher?


Tue, Sep 20, 2011 : 4:18 a.m.

This case is very disturbing to say the least. (can't really say what I would like to here) but my heart goes out to the boy and his family. I do have to question educated?


Tue, Sep 20, 2011 : 12:43 p.m.

Most sex offender are very educated people. Typically bach. or above. Mostly men, mostly white.


Tue, Sep 20, 2011 : 4:18 a.m.

The sentencing on the federal conviction for child pornography receipt can be downloaded at <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> In that sentencing that took place in mid-2010 Judge Avern Cohn of the United States District Court, in the above sentencing memorandum, included language that Mood was an &quot;excellent&quot; candidate for rehabilitation and fashioned a non-custodial sentence.


Tue, Sep 20, 2011 : 6:54 a.m.

Oops! t That link should be <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Tue, Sep 20, 2011 : 3:40 a.m.

Not everyone that is molested as a child becomes a sexual predator. That logic is unacceptable. The fact that he was convicted of being in possession of child porn, shows he has has a perchance for this sort of behavior. He is being charged with molesting the same child MULTIPLE times. That is heinous and beyond redemption. JohnA2: it is against the law to be in POSESSION of child pornography. He already had a conviction why was he out on the loose? Our society is much too lenient with these types of offenders. If he is convicted Castration or Death Penalty, let him have his choice.

John A2

Tue, Sep 20, 2011 : 2:05 a.m.

Well, that makes me think about anyone who wants to teach children. I mean they are kids and kids will be kids. I can only stand them for a while, and then I am done. Why would someone want to spend 8 hours a day with them unless they are expecting a reward for being there? If a man is convicted of being in possession of child porn it does not make them an offender, unless they are the photographers who took the pictures. There is billions of pictures of underage nudes on the web, but less then before they started to enforce the laws. I also believe the sexual offenders list is bunk too, because there are 12 and 13 year old kids on there for the rest of there lives because the sat on another kids head. Now black listed on the sexual offenders list. These kids don't even know what real sexual offense is. Now I wonder who else had been placed there for some stupid stuff like that. pretty soon people will be placed on the sexual offenders list for flipping someone the bird. Either way, this guy has been molesting children for a long time and this story reminds me of the catholic priest syndrome. This guy should get put away for ever, but you all need to remember that he most likely was molested as a child too, and 50% of the molested children become the molesters.


Tue, Sep 20, 2011 : 12:10 a.m.

I am glad that the reporter mentioned Mr.Mood was a teacher and director of a day care center. This alerts any other victims that may be out there, giving them an opportunity to come forward. I believe the many professionals who say that child molesters cannot be rehabilitated, and if he is found guilty I vote death penalty.


Tue, Sep 20, 2011 : 11:10 a.m.

The death penalty is unconstitutional in Michigan, so you would not get that vote even if you were on the jury.

Buster W.

Tue, Sep 20, 2011 : 1:39 a.m.

@asymptote You want cruel? Sexual assault on a boy over an 11-year span is cruel.


Tue, Sep 20, 2011 : 12:56 a.m.

Cruelty is a constituency now. Just ask MI Supreme Court Justice Robert Young.


Tue, Sep 20, 2011 : 12:27 a.m.

You dont get a vote about his punishment do you? The death penalty is cruel and should be made illegal immediatley.


Mon, Sep 19, 2011 : 11:56 p.m.

If he had been previously convicted of child porn, why wasn't he on the sex offender's list, and being monitored? This is horrifying. My heart aches for that boy and his family.


Tue, Sep 20, 2011 : 12:40 p.m.

I believe he is on the offenders list, however he was only recently convicted. So the time frames overlap.

Jeff Renner

Mon, Sep 19, 2011 : 11:41 p.m.

That is a very confusing headline: &quot;Ypsilanti man facing 5 charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a boy multiple times to face trial.&quot; The important part is &quot;Ypsilanti man to face trial.&quot; When that is split, it is confusing. As far as that goes, you can even leave out the &quot;allegedly&quot; in this case, since he's not facing charges of allegedly assaulting the boy, but charges of actually assaulting him. The allegedly is implied when a charge is brought. How about &quot;Ypsilanti man to face trial on 5 charges of sexually assaulting a boy multiple times.&quot; Worrying about wording is, of course, nothing compared to the gravity of the alleged crime, but it's important to write as clearly as possible in any case. It's a matter of upholding the proud tradition of journalistic standards.