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Last week, 29-year-old Anthony Scott Currier of Holland was arrested and charged with indecent exposure by a sexually delinquent person after two incidents in the area involving exposure of his private parts, according to a news article at Mlive.com. Police believe Currier may have exposed himself in other incidents in the area recently; he is a registered sex offender, on the registry for life following a 2005 conviction for fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in Ottawa County. school-bus-2-232057-m

The most recent incidents took place between September 6th and 9th, according to reports. On September 6, Currier allegedly exposed himself near Washington Avenue and 19th Street. On the 9th, he allegedly exposed himself near Black River Public School according to the story told to police by an 11-year-old girl, although he has not been charged in the incident. Captain Jack Dykstra of Holland Police indicated that more charges may be forthcoming against Currier, who police believe is a suspect in other cases involving indecent exposure.

Holland was staying at Holland Rescue Mission most recently, according to police. He is currently held on a $200,000 bond as the investigation continues.

Indecent exposure may not seem like a serious crime when compared to other sex crimes such as child molestation or rape, however it is a serious situation – particularly when the accused is a registered sex offender, or known to be sexually delinquent. While indecent exposure is a misdemeanor offense with criminal penalties that include up to one year in jail for those convicted, the consequences could be far more serious for a registered sex offender. In fact, those who are considered sexually delinquent and who are found guilty of indecent exposure may face up to life in prison.

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On Friday, August 22, it was announced on CNN that 27-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer, had been charged with several sex offenses after a woman came forward with her story of Holtzclaw’s “sexual impropriety” during a traffic stop. breaklight-1160608-m

Captain Dexter Nelson of the Oklahoma City police gave CNN the story, which began when the first alleged victim’s complaint led to authorities investigating all of the traffic stops Holtzclaw made in an attempt to determine if there may be other victims. On Thursday, August 21, Holtzclaw was arrested and is facing nine criminal charges including two counts of sexual battery, two counts of indecent exposure, three counts of forcible oral sodomy, and two counts of rape, according to the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.

Six other victims were found during the investigation, according to Nelson who said that some of the women “were initially less than cooperative, but investigators were able to gain statements.” Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said that the incidents date back to February, so authorities believe there may be even more victims. He urged anyone who was sexually assaulted by Holtzclaw to come forward.

Holtzclaw’s bond was set at $5 million; at the time of news reports, it was unclear whether he had a defense lawyer.

Holtzclaw played on the Eastern Michigan University football team from 2005 through 2008.

All sex crimes are serious, particularly rape. In Michigan, rape is charged as first-degree criminal sexual conduct, an offense that involves penetration and leaves the offender facing potential life behind bars if convicted.

Individuals who are found guilty of committing even those sex crimes which may be considered less serious such as indecent exposure face ruin of their reputations and careers. More serious offenses will leave those convicted facing the requirement to register as sex offenders, which impacts employment, housing, and much more. Essentially, you life may be ruined if found guilty of rape, child molestation, or other serious charges.

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Meridian Township Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man who is accused of indecent exposure. David Lee Arnold, a Lansing man, is a registered sex offender and believed to be involved in two incidents recently in which he exposed himself to women in a coffee shop.

According to a news article at the Lansing State Journal, a warrant was issued on Thursday, May 2, for Arnold who is 55 years old. The warrant for Arnold’s arrest includes being a habitual offender fourth offense, three counts of indecent exposure, and sexual delinquency.

Records indicate that the suspect first registered as a sex offender in 1995 in Michigan. Arnold has records in Ingham, Kent, Oakland, and Washtenaw Counties for prior incidents related to sexual delinquency and indecent exposure which range from the early ’90s to 2007 according to news reports at Mlive.com.

The two incidents of indecent exposure which occurred recently involve a man believed to be Arnold, who sits in a local coffee shop and exposes himself to women sitting nearby as he appears to be reading a newspaper. Police say he then gets up and leaves.

Arnold is believed to be in his late 50s or early 60s, and is described as 5′ 11″ tall weighing about 200 pounds.

As skilled Michigan indecent exposure attorneys know, an individual who is convicted on a charge of indecent exposure may face up to one year in jail along with substantial fines. However, if that individual has already been determined to be sexually delinquent, he or she may be sentenced to life in prison. Because Arnold is a registered sex offender, he will likely face serious penalties if convicted of the crimes he is accused of.

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James Edward Allen, a 41-year-old Milan man, was arraigned on February 2 after being taken into custody for allegedly masturbating in the parking lot of a Kohl’s store in Pittsfield Township. Allen was charged with one count of aggravated indecent exposure; according to court records, he was released from custody at the Washtenaw County Jail on a personal recognizance bond.

The incident allegedly occurred in December 17 in the parking lot of the Kohl’s department store located at 3160 Lohr Road. Police state an 18-year-old woman said that as she was returning to her vehicle after shopping in the store, she witnessed Allen masturbating in the front seat of his vehicle.

The woman told police that she parked her car prior to 1 p.m., intending to do some shopping. At that time, she noticed a man who she described as “scruffy” in a parked red car who was smoking a cigarette. When she finished shopping and returned to her vehicle about 45 minutes later, she said that as she glanced into the vehicle, she saw that the man was masturbating, and was not clothed from the waist down. She left the parking lot after recording the license plate number of the vehicle, and then called police.

Allen was interviewed by investigators by phone; the investigators then gave the report to prosecutors, who charged Allen with aggravated indecent exposure. Milan police took Allen into custody for an incident on Friday which was unrelated, however they discovered the warrant for indecent exposure afterward according to Deputy Police Chief Gordy Schick.

Michigan indecent exposure attorneys know that the penalties for individuals convicted on charges of indecent exposure are severe; for a first-time offender, a conviction could mean jail time of up to one year, along with a fine of up to $1,000. In Allen’s case, news reports state that the defendant may be sentenced to up to $2,000 in fines and jail time of two years. Individuals will also be required to register as a sex offender, a penalty that has lasting negative implications on their lives.

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Steven Glen Johnson, a 39-year-old Kalamazoo resident and owner of a bicycle shop, was recently arraigned on charges of indecent exposure and procuring or attempting to procure an act of gross indecency between a male and female. The charge involves a young teenage girl, according to news reports.

Prosecutors allege that Johnson solicited the young teen to participate in sexual acts at a sleepover in his home. The gross indecency charge is a felony that if convicted for will leave Johnson facing up to five years in prison, according to Carrie Klein, Kalamazoo County Chief Assistant Prosecutor. Johnson may also face an additional one year prison term if convicted on the indecent exposure charge, which is a misdemeanor.

Klein stated that the alleged solicitation of the girl occurred in August; the Kalamazoo County sheriff’s office began investigating after being contacted by the girl’s parents, who said that she had told them about the incident. Charges were brought against Johnson on October 9th.

Johnson was released on a $10,000 personal-recognizance bond and was scheduled to attend a an evidence hearing on Wednesday, October 24th, however the hearing has since been delayed due to two other potential victims coming forward, according to the father of the alleged victim. The victim’s father stated, “I would just bet there is even more. My daughter is a hero for bringing this up.” The only information the father would reveal about the incident is that Johnson allegedly lured a large group of girls attending a neighborhood sleepover inside tents.

Michigan sex crimes lawyers realize that while these types of offenses do happen, individuals are often wrongly accused and face prison time for crimes they are not guilty of. Accusations of sex-related crimes are often used to get revenge; young people (children, teens) may fabricate stories which include things that did not actually happen.

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In June, 25-year-old Adam Hester of Canton pleaded no contest to four crimes that allegedly occurred on the University of Michigan campus in 2011. In all, nine charges were brought against Hester; the remaining five charges against him were dismissed.

Michigan sex crime defense lawyers know that while pleading no contest is not an admission of guilt, it is often treated as such by the court. Hester pleaded no contest to charges of assault and resisting a police officer, along with two counts of aggravated indecent exposure and fourth-degree criminal sexual misconduct.

Charges which were to be dropped at the time of sentencing include one count each of indecent exposure, assault, and capturing/distributing images of an unclothed individual. Also dropped were two counts of receiving stolen property. According to Judge Melinda Norris, the nine counts stem from several incidents that occurred between October 2010 and November of last year.

On July 30th, Judge Morris determined that Hester will spend no more time in jail. As the sentencing took place in the Washtenaw County Trial Court, Hester was asked if he had anything to say prior to sentencing, to which he answered “no.”

The judge sentenced Hester to the 253 days he had already served in jail, along with five years probation and the requirement to register as a sex offender. He was also ordered not to come within 1,000 feet of any school, including the University of Michigan’s campus. He will undergo a psychological evaluation as well.

According to assistant prosecutor Blake Hatlem, Hester essentially placed himself on the U-M campus and went on a crime spree. Byron Pitts, Hester’s attorney, advised his client to follow the sentencing guidelines placed in accordance with the plea deal.

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A press release from Genesee County reports that the Michigan State Police have begun a statewide sex offender sweep to ensure those people who are required to place their names on the sex offender registry are in compliance with the law. Beginning next Monday, police will conduct searches for offenders who have failed to verify required information such as their current address.

According to sex registry laws, individuals are required to report a “change of name, address, employment, campus enrollment, internet identifiers and vehicle information within three business days of any change.” Police reports indicate that about 2,500 people were allegedly in violation of these requirements as of September.

Certain violations of the sex offender registry act constitute a four-year-felony. If you are arrested of have been charged with a violation of the sex registry requirements, obtaining the help of a committed Michigan sex crimes defense attorney is crucial to protect your rights and your future.

Complying with the requirements of the Michigan sex crimes registry act may be confusing and, for many it means keeping up with changes in the law and following its requirements for several years. In fact, several changes went into effect this past spring, requiring sex offenders provide even more information about their identity than before. This includes items such as social security numbers, passport information, vehicle information and employer information. These requirements even extend to non-residents such as students and visitors.

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Kalamazoo news reports that a 32-year-old man from Bellevue, Michael Terpening, has been charged with eleven sex crime counts including indecent exposure and criminal sexual conduct as the result of alleged incidents that took place at a facility for troubled teens. The alleged victims are all former residents of Earth Services Youth Home – located just outside Barry County, about 10-miles from Battle Creek – where Terpening serves as a facility director.

Criminal sexual misconduct charges – especially ones involving youth – are some of the most serious sex crimes offenses. If you are facing any sex crimes charges it is crucial to act immediately to contact an aggressive and experienced Michigan sex crimes defense attorney. Retaining a dedicated Michigan sex crimes firm is necessary to protect your future and your reputation. Often individuals charged with these types of crimes are presumed guilty in the media before they have a chance to present their criminal defense.

Terpening was originally charged with nine sex crimes charges, but this was changed to eleven as two more alleged victims have come forward. Now the counts include two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, five counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct. Criminal sexual conduct third-degree is sometimes referred to by lay people as statutory rape. Criminal sexual conduct fourth degree involves touching of a sexual nature of an intimate body part without penetration. Terpening is also charged with one count of assault to commit sexual penetration and three counts of aggravated indecent exposure. Sexual assault is generally charged as a type of criminal sexual conduct with the specific charges and penalties depending on the facts allege and prosecutorial discretion. Aggravated indecent exposure is a serious crime. While indecent exposure is generally a misdemeanor, where the count is considered aggravated, such as if the person is fondling himself or herself, or is a sexually delinquent person, the potential penalties increase significantly and may include a lengthy prison term.

An aggressive Michigan sex crimes defense lawyer can advise you of your rights and explain the consequences of each sex crimes charge on your future and your freedom.

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Petoskey News reports a 20-year-old Gaylord man may be able to avoid a criminal record despite pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual conduct. Under the Michigan Youthful Trainee Act (also known as the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act), individuals aged 17-20 may avoid a criminal record after successful completion of their sentence.

If you have been charged with any sex crime, it is important to contact an aggressive Michigan sex crimes lawyer immediately to begin investigating the charges against you and go to work on preparing your defense. A skilled Michigan sex offense attorney can advise you on options available and the best course of action in your case, such as participation in the Youthful Trainee Act.

Under the Youthful Trainee Act, a judge may place youths alleged to have committed a crime, including sex crimes such as criminal sexual conduct, indecent exposure or sexual assault, on probation or in jail without a criminal record if they complete the program. Some exceptions exist to participation in the program, such as if you have been charged with a felony that has a punishment of life imprisonment, traffic offenses or major controlled substances. Also, youths with sentences in excess of three years in prison or probation generally cannot participate in the program.

An aggressive Michigan sex crimes defense firm can advise you on whether you may be able to participate in the HYTA. The Act was based on the belief that youngster may make mistakes that are errors in judgment but don’t warrant a criminal record that may have significant repercussions, including impacting your ability to find a job, where you go to school and in some cases, to live where you choose. Accepting responsibility and pleading guilty is some situations may be a better alternative for some youthful offenders. In most cases participation in the HYTA along with the new sex crimes registry law means that those teens involved in Romeo/Juliet type romances will no longer face the injustice of having to register as a sex offender.

Here, the Gaylord man was accused of criminal sexual conduct based on allegations that he had inappropriately touched a 15-year-old in Elmira Township. In situations such as these, pleading guilty and participating in the HYTA program may provide the best result.

Other times, the best strategy may be to fight the charges. The reality is that many people are falsely accused of and charged with committing criminal sexual conduct. Under Michigan law, charges may be brought based only on allegations without any physical evidence or supporting evidence. Often after the true motivation is uncovered for making the allegations – sometimes it’s a jilted boyfriend or girlfriend, or an upset parent – the charges are dropped. After reviewing the facts and conducting an investigation, an aggressive sex crime defense attorney can advise you regarding the best option in your case.

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On Tuesday, Governor Snyder signed new sex crime registry legislation reforming some significant aspects of Michigan’s sex crimes registry law. This legislation is the first step in improving the often unjust and faulty public sex offender registry and to bring it into compliance with federal guidelines set forth in the federal Adam Walsh Act. The changes will be effective as of July 1, 2011.

The Holland Sentinel sets forth some critical facts to know about the new legislation.
First, the new sex registry law will divide those convicted of a sex offense into different tiers. The first tier would apply to lesser offenses such as indecent exposure and won’t be listed. Second tier offenses would include convictions such as date rape and the majority of child pornography offenses, requiring listing for 25 years. Third tier offenses include the most predatory offenses and require life-long listing.

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