Court Will Hear Appeal in Sex-Offender Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court will consider an appeal by a western Michigan man who was ordered to register as a sex offender more than a year after he was sentenced to probation for misdemeanor child abuse.

Kent Lee believes registration is an excessive punishment. He pleaded no contest to third-degree child abuse for flicking a boy's penis after the child refused to put on pajamas.

Lee was placed on probation for five years and ordered to jail for 10 weekends. In June, the Michigan appeals court upheld a decision by an Allegan County judge who ordered Lee to register as a sex offender.

The state Supreme Court this week invited groups representing prosecutors and defense attorneys to file arguments in the case.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    I don't understand Excessive punishment. The guy pleaded guilty to being a sex offender. He should have to register as an offender. Everyone else has had to. He thinks what he did was nothing? I don't understand the minds of some people, he committed the crime, he needs to register. Would you want this guy anywhere near your kids?
  • by Sans on Nov 29, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    I am sorry but if the ruling was that he is a sex offender than he should have to register. misdemeanor child abuse, is that like a little pregnant?
  • by James Location: Lansing on Nov 28, 2010 at 02:22 PM
    He got off easy considering what he did to this poor child who will be traumatized for many years. They need to put this creeps name on the registry so at least people will know where this sick individual resides. This way people will be able to keep their children away from this sex offender. Bottom line should be that if you touch a child inappropriately, you should pay for the crime- no excuses.
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