This broad rule could affect students who pose no threat, especially those convicted on juvenile charges who could benefit most from educational opportunities and a fresh start. In fact, studies show juveniles make up a large percentage on the Public Sex Offender Registry (PSOR).
Under current Michigan law, many non-violent sex offenders must place their names on the registry, sometimes for life. This includes non-violent sex offenders such as juveniles who have been convicted of having consensual, yet underage sex, and those convicted of “sexting,” which in some cases can be a violation of child pornography laws.
As the LMC decision shows, registering on the Public Sex Offender Registry (PSOR) may affect the everyday lives of those individuals forced to register, including the loss of job opportunities, disqualification for obtaining student loans and the freedom to attend certain schools. Often, these results are unfair and unjust, denying opportunities to those who have committed minor offenses.
If you are facing criminal sex offense charges, including the possibility of having to place your name on the sex offender registry, contact a lawyer at Grabel & Associates for a free, confidential consultation.