Sex Offender Registry Crackdown

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Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced a crackdown Tuesday on convicted sex offenders who have failed to register with the state. He and several southeastern Michigan county sheriffs issued 53 felony warrants. Several arrests have already been made.

In the state of Michigan, convicted sex offenders are required to register their whereabouts with police four times a year. Police say this allows them to keep track of sex offenders. But they say it also protects children and gives victims piece of mind. Michigan started a sex offender registry in 1994. It was made available online in 1999.

Here in Mid-Michigan, state police say they are currently looking for nearly 200 registry violators.

The Attorney General's office says he plans to issue more than 200 warrants. Failing to register as a sex offender can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. The felony carries a possibility of up to four years in prison.