Tuesday, February 19, 2013

MI - Michigan's sex offender registry would put more crimes involving minors online under advancing legislation

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By Tim Martin

LANSING – A bill that would lead to more sex offenders being listed on Michigan’s public online registry continues to advance in the Legislature.

The Michigan House, by a 106-3 vote, approved a bill Tuesday that would lead to more offenders being listed in the public domain. The Senate unanimously approved the bill earlier this year. If the Senate concurs as expected with changes made by the House, the bill would then head to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.

The legislation would expand the state’s public online registry to include some additional crimes that involved minors – crimes now listed on the portion of the sex offender registry available only to police. The offenses covered include some so-called “Tier I” crimes -- those that involve offenders convicted of a single crime involving minors.

Specific offenses that would be added to the website include knowingly possessing child pornography, indecent exposure when the victim is a minor, and surveillance of a minor who is undressed or wearing only undergarments in a situation where he or she has a reasonable expectation of privacy.

The bill’s sponsor – Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge – says the Michigan State Police provided examples of offenders who aren’t now listed on the registry but would be under his legislation. One is a woman convicted of allowing her boyfriend to sexually assault and photograph her six-year-old sister. Another is a man who pulled an 8-year-old girl off her bicycle, forced her into his house and began fondling her.

Jones said restoring those types of offenses to the public registry is a public safety issue.

We actually had criminals that had done acts involving children that weren’t on the list,” Jones said. “This is a pretty serious situation.”
- So what about abusive parents, day care workers or any other crime that involves harming children?  Why is it just sexual crimes?

The House Fiscal Agency says the change likely would add "a few hundred people" to the listings on the public website.

Michigan lawmakers most recently overhauled the state’s sex offender registry law in 2011. Those changes were aimed at coming into compliance with the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which required the state to separate sex offenders into three tiers and mandated specific reporting requirements for each.

Under current law, the Michigan State Police must post online registry data for all Tier II and Tier III offenders – such as those convicted of crimes such as rape or creation of child pornography. But the “Tier I” offenders generally are listed in a database accessible only to police, not to the public.

1 comment :

Loneranger said...

You know everything is a very serious situation when they are trying to promote something. Wonder what they will say when it finally gets so costly and requiring so much man power to operate their never ending program. Will it some how have become not so serious. Well time will tell as they continually find yet another of their loopholes to fill. From the sounds of it I find it hard to think these are level one offenders in the first place. If they think they are in the wrong tier maybe think about moving them. However this makes a much better story. Fact is many are not listed on the public site for fear of identifying the victim. Some are not that hard to figure out. So if they want to show and tell all offenders and then inadvertently ID the victims I'm sure they won't mind as it's for the good of the children right? Except for the victims they expose that are children and I'm sure that isn't a serious situation to them.