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Derrick Conway, a 50-year-old Saginaw man, has been charged with sexually assaulting a mentally handicapped woman from April to June of this year, according to a news article at Mlive.com. Conway, who was charged with five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, underwent examination to determine if he is mentally fit to face trial. The defendant was found mentally competent according to a report from the Center for Forensic Psychiatry. stamp-of-finger-233433-m.jpg

The alleged victim is said to be in her early 20s. According to his arrest warrant Conway assaulted the victim who was determined to be mentally incapacitated or incapable, or physically helpless using coercion or force and/or caused personal injury. Conway’s defense lawyer, Philip Sturtz, requested an exam to determine whether his client is mentally fit. Following Saginaw County District Judge M.T. Thompson’s ruling on Monday that Conway is mentally fit to stand trial, his preliminary hearing was scheduled for December 19. A preliminary hearing is when it is determined whether probable cause exists for trial.

If convicted, Conway will face a maximum sentence of life in prison. He remains in jail on a $500,000 bond.

First-degree criminal sexual conduct is the most serious sex crime of all, leaving those accused facing life-changing penalties if convicted. Depending on the circumstances, individuals who are found guilty may be sentenced to up to life behind bars. All sex offenses are serious, and require the legal guidance and support of a capable Michigan sex crime defense attorney.

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On Thursday October 24, 30-year-old Carl Lee Dobbins was arrested in Marion, Indiana. Authorities had been in search of Dobbins, who allegedly failed to comply with the Michigan Sex Offender Registry. thumb-print-1-1231735-m.jpg

Dobbins was wanted on several violations according to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office; there were three outstanding warrants in Michigan, including a bench warrant for failure to pay costs and fines required under Michigan sex offender laws, and failure to pay costs/fines to Kalamazoo Public Safety in connection with a traffic violation.

The defendant believed that if he fled to Indiana, Michigan authorities would not attempt to arrest him according to a news article at Mlive.com. Indiana police found that Dobbins was wanted in Van Buren County, and informed him of the fact. However, he refused to return and was extradited back to Michigan after the Michigan State Police Extradition Team, sheriff’s investigators, and prosecutors determined to have him arrested in Indiana. He was arrested without incident in Indiana and jailed before being escorted to the Van Buren County Jail in Michigan by State Police.

Dobbins has been arraigned on the outstanding warrants, however no dates have been released regarding future court hearings.

Failing to register on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry is a serious offense, a separate crime from the underlying criminal offense which resulted in Dobbins being ordered to register. Individuals must report changes in contact information, residence, and employment to the registry; failure to do so will result in serious consequences. Depending on the underlying sex offense an individuals is convicted of, some are required to register every three months. Moving out of state and failing to register is a felony offense which may result in a four year prison sentence.

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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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