November 15, 2010 - 144 Sex Offenders Arrested in Statewide SweepContact: Sgt. Kevin Mark, MSP Statewide SOR Enforcement Coordinator, (517) 241-1851Agency: State Police
LANSING. The Michigan State Police (MSP) announced today the arrest of 144 non-compliant sex offenders during Operation Verify, an initiative aimed at increasing compliance with Michigan's sex offender registration law. This was the state's seventh coordinated sex offender sweep in five years.
Over 125 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies participated in the statewide sweep, which ran from Oct. 18 - 29, 2010. During the sweep period, officers conducted compliance checks at the registered residences of 2,232 offenders, resulting in 144 arrests for violations of the Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act (MCL 28.723 - 28.732), as well as requests for arrest warrants for another 193 non-compliant offenders.
The Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act requires offenders convicted of a misdemeanor-listed offense to report to a local law enforcement agency to verify their address yearly, Jan. 1 through Jan. 15. Offenders convicted of a felony-listed offense must report to a local law enforcement agency to verify their address quarterly during the first 15 days of January, April, July and October. Failure to do so is a graduated penalty ranging from a 93-day misdemeanor to a four-year felony. Convicted offenders must also report a change of address within 10 days of moving; failure to do so is a four-year felony.
As of November, there were 46,635 offenders on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry. Following the October verification period, 43,293 offenders were in compliance.In addition to Operation Verify, the MSP participates in several local and regional sweeps each year. The department also maintains a list of the Most Wanted Sex Offenders, available at www.michigan.gov/absconders. A total of 14 top ten offenders have already been located and arrested this year.