By Ken Kolker
GRAND RAPIDS (WOOD) - [name withheld] and his brother, [name withheld], live together on Grand Rapids' southwest side -- and both are listed on the sex offender registry.
[name withheld] performed oral sex on a 12-year-old boy; [name withheld] molested a young relative -- details not available on Michigan's registry Web site.
"I'm on it until 2012," [name withheld], now 49, told Target 8.
"I'm on it for life," his 46-year-old brother added.
As Target 8 previously reported, not everybody on Michigan's Sex Offender Registry is a predator, leaving the public to wonder: Which of these faces should we fear?
In most cases, the registry doesn't have enough details to answer that question.
So, Target 8 went looking for them.
"It was CSC second-degree against a 12-year-old male child that was black," [name withheld] told Target 8.
Four years later, [name withheld]'s victim, [name withheld], molested three young relatives, court records show. [name withheld] was 16 at the time. Then, when [name withheld] was 18, he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl. [name withheld], now 26, is in prison for that assault.
The girl, who was [name withheld]'s friend, told Target 8 she started cutting herself after the assault and considered suicide. She is now 23, with a young daughter.
She put some of the blame on [name withheld] -- her attacker's attacker, a man she's never met.
"Maybe if that guy wouldn't have done it to [name withheld], maybe [name withheld] wouldn't have done it to nobody else," the woman said.
Michigan's sex offender list includes 42,000 names across the state -- nearly 1,900 in Kent County, 640 in Ottawa and 830 each in Kalamazoo and Muskegon counties -- men and women convicted of everything from stranger-on-stranger rape to groping somebody on the dance floor.
"What the act is trying to do is protect the public from, as you say, predators," Kent County Circuit Judge Paul Sullivan said. "It does that, but it seems to go beyond that."
In Florida, unlike Michigan, predators get their own designation -- with red boxes around their photographs and the word "predator" in their description. That is one reason the website TopTenReviews ranked that state's sex offender list as the best in the nation. Michigan's ranked 31.