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This year makes the 10th year Michigan State Police have participated in an initiative known as “Operation Verify,” a program designed to catch offenders who do not comply with registration rules. With the Halloween holiday coming up, state police are getting ready to arrest sex offenders who fail to register. All tier 3 offenders are required to report in person to the local sheriff’s office, police station, or Michigan State Police post to verify residence address. This registration period runs from October 1 through October 15. pumpkin-patch-1-1418672-m.jpg

According to data on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry, there are approximately 40,000 registered sex offenders in the Detroit area. Police will begin sweeping the area for tier 3 offenders who fail to register between the dates mentioned above; those who fail to comply will be arrested, according to an article at Mlive.com.

Michigan sex crime defense attorneys know the negative impact being placed on the sex offender registry has to those who must register. Not only may you experience lost job opportunities, but loss of freedom to choose where you want to live and which schools you want to attend. You may also not qualify for government programs or student loans. In general, your qualify of life will be affected. Essentially, being a registered sex offender can ruin your life.

When you are required to register, anyone in the world can access the information on a public information website. Ultimately, the stigma of being a sex offender can follow you everywhere you go for the rest of your life.

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Chad Eric Servis, a 42-year-old Wyoming resident, was recently charged with two counts of accosting children for immoral purposes as a repeat offender after allegedly attempting to get three boys who were under the age of 16 to go with him to a secluded area of Ideal Park. The boys were playing basketball on a court near the park when the incident took place.

According to a news article at Mlive.com, the boys did not go with Servis, but went and told their parents about Servis. At that point, the parents along with other family members went back to the park and located Servis, then detained the suspect until police arrived on the scene.

Wyoming police said that Servis had items in his possession which were sex related, including handcuffs, lubricant, a blindfold and other items. If convicted, Servis could spend up to 10 years in prison. Wyoming Police Officer Jonathan Durall said that the suspect admitted that he was sexually attracted to young boys.

The incident occurred on June 29 at approximately 7 p.m. Servis was arraigned on Monday July 1 in Wyoming District Court, and is being held on a $100,000 bond in the Kent County Jail. A probable cause hearing has been scheduled for July 10.

Michigan sex crime attorneys know that in situations such as this one, the suspect will likely face more severe penalties than usual because of the fact he is a repeat sexual offender. Sex offenses are punished severely in the state of Michigan, particularly those involving minors. However, in cases where there is no hard physical evidence, it can also be a case of one person’s word against another, which means many innocent people sit behind bars today for crimes they did not commit.

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On Tuesday, June 11, 45-year-old Tracy Dean McDonald of Michigan was arrested in North Carolina following a high-speed police pursuit that ended in a crash, according to Mlive.com. McDonald was on the 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender list of the Michigan State Police.

McDonald was wanted by police for violation of federal sex-offender registration rules according to the article, which said that he was also wanted for larceny by the Antrim County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators in the case said that McDonald violated the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection Act. The suspect was wanted for allegedly moving out of Michigan after failing to update his registration and failing to register as a sex offender.

On June 11, police witnessed McDonald and his girlfriend, Joyce Jannereth, getting into a vehicle that was said to be stolen. After leading police on a high-speed chase that went on for about five miles, the stolen GMC the couple was driving crashed. No one was injured in the incident, and the couple was arrested.

The U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force had been in search of McDonald since November of 2012. While on the run with Jannereth, it was found that McDonald worked as a migrant laborer. He was suspected of committing several crimes including vehicle theft across several sates over the past year according to the news article.

Michigan sex crime attorneys understand the serious implications of failing to register as a sex offender. Individuals who do not update a registration when changing address as required may face fines of up to $250,000 and up to 10 years in prison, and may be supervised for a lifetime upon release from prison.

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Amy Carns, an Allen Park mom with a 5-year-old daughter, has been battling the state of Michigan for some time in order to prevent her daughter from being alone with Donald Carns, her former husband and the girl’s father. He is a convicted sex offender who was arrested when the Carns’ daughter was an infant for soliciting children for sex on the Internet.

According to news reports, Carns has fought to keep her ex-husband from getting visitation or custody of the girl for four years. Donald Carns is a registered sex offender; after his arrest, Amy said that she began to worry about her daughter and how she could protect her from Carns. She called CPS (Children Protective Services) after filing for divorce from Carns, but said that she was told that unless her daughter was one of his victims, the agency could not do anything.

In a news conference on November 14, Carns urged residents to support Senate Bill 989 or the Michigan Children’s Protection Act, which is a bill that if passed would ensure that custody is not granted by judges to parents who are sex offenders and who pose a risk.

Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood, D-Taylor and executive policy director for the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence Kathy Hagenian spoke at the conference. Carns originally spurred this legislation back in February when the act was introduced. This bill, if passed, will essentially be an update to the Child Custody Act of 1970, and is meant to restrict the custody rights of parents who are sex offenders. Judges would only grant custody to sex offenders who were determined not to be a risk to the child/children.

News reports state that Donald Carns served 17 months in prison and 18 months parole for a felony offense that carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison. Since his parole ended, Carns has allegedly been pursuing visitation and custody of the couple’s daughter.

Hopgood said that he hopes the legislation will be considered and discussed on November 27 when the Senate reconvenes.

As Michigan sex crimes lawyers, we work to protect the rights of individuals who have been accused of or arrested for sex-related offenses such as internet sex crimes, sexual assault, date rape and criminal sexual conduct. We know the severe penalties individuals face when convicted of these crimes.

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John D. Hunt, a 29-year-old convicted sex offender, was recently wanted by Norwalk and Huron County authorities in Ohio after Hunt failed to report as a sex offender. In 1999, Hunt was charged with criminal sexual conduct in Lansing, Michigan after being investigated by Lansing police. He was convicted on the charge through a Wayne County juvenile court.

News reports indicate that authorities have been searching for Hunt since October. Hunt last registered his address on September 14th, and was living in Marion in September of 2011. However, Hunt allegedly had an address most recently in Greenwich on South Railroad Street. A certified letter warning Hunt that he had seven days to register was sent out on September 26th by authorities, according to Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel, who stated in news reports that Hunt did not reply to the letter.

Christophel also told reporters that Huron County sheriff’s deputies were not successful in their attempts to personally contact Hunt, and that they tried on three occasions. Hunt pleaded guilty in Huron County Common Pleas Court to attempted failure to register as a sex offender in June of 2011 following a 2010 incident that allegedly took place sometime between September and November of that year. Hunt had moved to Huron County in 2004, but his registered address was shown to be Greenwich, which authorities disproved.

Hunt was ordered to register his address until April of 2014 by Judge Jim Conway in October of 2011. Hunt was sentenced to two years probation and a $250 fine, and was credited for 36 days in the Huron County Jail which were already served. Now, Hunt could face up to 18 months in prison if found in violation of his probation terms.

Michigan sex offender registry defense attorneys understand the seriousness of failing to notify authorities of an address change. Convicted sex offenders are usually required to register, however the restrictions placed on these individuals can have a devastating impact on their lives. Individuals lose the freedom to choose where they live, are often disqualified for government programs or student loans, and may find it extremely difficult to secure employment.

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A 62-year-old registered sex offender was arrested recently after snatching a woman’s purse outside of a Kohl’s department store in Chesterfield Township. Marvin Lee Hopkins was charged with one count of armed robbery, a felony charge that could result in a life prison sentence. He was arraigned on the charge at 42-2 District Court and given a $75,000 cash surety bond. According to news reports, Hopkins was being held at the Macomb County Jail prior to his October 10th pretrial date.

The alleged victim, a 55-year-old woman, had just left the Kohl’s store located just south of 23 Mile Road on Gratiot when she was grabbed by a man as she walked back to her vehicle. The woman gave her purse to the suspect after he allegedly threatened that he would shoot her if she screamed, and that he would kill the victim if she did not hand her purse over. The incident took place at about 12:25 in the afternoon.

After giving the suspect her purse, the woman ran to a nearby K-Mart parking lot. Chesterfield Patrol and Detective units arrived on the scene immediately, but could not locate the suspect, who had fled the area.

News reports state that the woman was at home that same evening when someone knocked at her door unexpectedly. A white male and female stood at her door, her purse in hand. The two claimed that they had found her purse abandoned, and through the address on I.D. inside the purse were able to locate her home. The woman was not injured in the incident.

Ultimately, Hopkins was identified by the two individuals who returned the woman’s purse. Investigators received a tip that helped them identify the good Samaritans, who were key in Hopkins getting charged with the robbery.

While the alleged suspect clearly did not sexually assault the woman, Michigan sex crime lawyers know the difficulties registered sex offenders face in today’s society. For example, this news report mentioned that Hopkins was a registered sex offender, even though the fact had nothing to do with the alleged armed robbery offense. Those who are registered sex offenders face embarrassment, ruin of their careers/reputation, and more.

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Michigan State Police are reminding Tier 3 registered sex offenders that October 15th is the deadline to report in person to a state police post, sheriff’s office or other local law enforcement agency in order to verify address of residence. This is a requirement for Tier 3 offenders, which includes offenders considered the most serious who must remain on the sex offender registry for life.

According to the Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act, Tier 3 offenders who fail to verify their addresses during the time periods required will be penalized by up to two years incarceration. Tier 3 offenders are required to verify their address on a quarterly basis, and must do so during the first 15 days of January, April, July and October.

In addition, any time a sex offender (whether Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3) changes address, switches jobs, enrolls in a college or university, changes name or vehicle, or Internet identifiers, these changes must be reported within 72 hours (3 days) of that change. If you fail to report this information, it is considered a felony which is punishable by up to 4 years in prison.

The15-day address verification period for Tier 3 offenders began on October 1st. Those who do not comply by October 15th may be arrested under the Sex Offenders Registration Act. Law enforcement agencies do conduct address checks on a random basis to verify that sex offenders are in compliance. Even during the course of a traffic stop or any contact with law enforcement, violators may be arrested.

Tier 1 sex offenders are required to verify address only once each year, during the first 15 days of January.

Tier 2 sex offenders are required to verify address twice each year, once during the first 15 days of January, then again during the first 15 days of July.

Michigan sex crime defense attorneys know the serious and often life-changing impact being required to register as a sex offender means for those convicted of sexual offenses. Where you live, work, or even go to college can be affected; you will likely be treated with disgust by those in your community.

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Michigan sex crimes defense attorneys know that failing to register as a sex offender is serious business, and that those who violate the Sex Offenders Registration Act may face additional fines and time behind bars.

Recently, a 32-year-old Hillman man who had been released from prison after being incarcerated for approximately 10 years on a conviction for sexual assault was found to be in violation of the Sex Offenders Registration Act. Alpena troopers with the Michigan State Police learned that the suspect was living at a local campground, and may have been living there since May.

The owner of the campground was unaware that the man was a sex offender; according to news reports, the suspect was registered under another name. The man did not register his vehicle with authorities, which is required by law, and did not register his address as required by Michigan Sex Offender Registry. He has now been charged with Failure to Register Vehicle and Failure to Change Address.

Registered sex offenders face embarrassment, harassment from the public, and a social stigma that hangs over them through all aspects of their lives. As a sex offender, there will be restrictions on where you may live; it will likely be difficult to secure employment. The law wants to make certain that everyone in the community knows who you are, and where you live; you will be viewed by most as a danger to the community.

While not every sex offense conviction leads to being required to register as a sex offender, most do. If you are convicted on charges of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, criminal sexual conduct, rape, pandering or various other charges, you will be required to register.

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Recently, a three day “sweep” of the city of Detroit resulted in 70 arrests. Operation TOAST (Tracking Offenders and Apprehending Significant Targets) was implemented by DFAT (Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team) which consists of several county sheriff’s and police departments, the Michigan State Police, the United States Marshals Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Michigan Department of Corrections. According to news reports, 800 sex offenders that currently reside within the City of Detroit are non-compliant; 400 of these individuals have outstanding warrants against them for criminal offenses.

In all, more than 80 officers were involved in the sweep which resulted in 19 misdemeanor arrests, 6 Friend of the Court arrests and 70 felony Sex Offender Registry arrests for cases which involved violent sexual assaults. News reports also state that officers investigated 656 potential violations of sex offender laws which were cleared.

One offender who was caught because of the sweep is now awaiting extradition from Birmingham, Alabama to Michigan. Shantee Brown was charged originally with 1st and 3rd degree sexual assault, kidnapping, and assault with a deadly weapon. After being given bond, Brown fled Michigan on September 13th; he was tracked to Birmingham, where he was arrested on September 26th after attempting to flee the U.S. Marshal led Gulf Coast Regional Task Force on a bike.

Under the Adam Walsh Act United States Marshals are responsible for apprehending federal sex offenders. This responsibility, given to the marshals in 2006, allows them to partner with local and state law enforcement to arrest individuals who fail to register as sex offenders as required by law.

Michigan sex crime defense attorneys understand the severe consequences sex offenders face, and the life-long stigma associated with having to register as a sex offender. When convicted on a sex offense such as date rape, child molestation, possession of child pornographic materials, criminal sexual conduct and other sex-related crimes, it impacts your life severely – and you face harsh penalties if convicted.

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William Begley, a Michigan man who is a registered sex offender and who has been behind bars for the majority of the last 18 years on sex charges, is causing a stir in his Edgewood, Kentucky neighborhood. It seems that Begley lives in close proximity to a park and a school, although he is not breaking the law. In Kentucky, sex offenders may not live within 1,000 feet of a playground or school, but this is a law that went into affect in 2006 and does not apply to Begley. Still, neighbors have complained to Edgewood Police.

Begley lives a block away from President’s Park, and across the street from Saint Pius School. Edgewood Police Chief Tony Kramer says that about 6 residents have either stopped by the department or called to complain about the situation, although Begley is breaking no laws. Just out of jail in August, Begley was jailed twice in Michigan on charges of criminal sexual conduct. The problem is with a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling which just went into effect in 2006, requiring that sex offenders live at least 1,000 feet from schools or playgrounds. This rule does not apply to Begley, because it cannot be enforced on individuals convicted of a sex crime prior to 2006. Neighbors say the law is “a crock.”

News reports state that for the few weeks Begley has been living in the neighborhood, he has been low-key and quiet. Talking to news reporters, he said that all he wants is a fresh start. No criminal charges can be filed against Begley simply because he lives in the neighborhood and within a close range of the school and park, but Assistant Kenton County Attorney Jason Reed says that neighbors need to be “vigilant,” and that they can ensure that he is behaving himself by keeping an eye out on the community.

For his part, Begley stated that the neighbors don’t have anything to worry about, that he paid his dues for the mistakes he has made.

Michigan sex crime attorneys understand the hardships registered sex offenders face in society. Even when you have done your time and paid your debt to society, the stigma will always be there. It’s hard to live life when you feel that everyone you come in contact with is watching over his/her shoulder.

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