Police Make Sex Offender Sweep

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

This is not your average house call. In fact, in this case, if you answer the door, you're most likely in a bit of trouble.

"Today they're going out and checking 35 targets in the tri-county area," Sgt. Kevin Mark of the Michigan State Police said of all local police agencies. "What they're looking for is sex offenders who have not verified."

By law, if you've been convicted of a sex crime and put on the sex offender registry, you have to verify your home address with local police, once a year for a misdemeanor crime, four times a year for a felony.

Tuesday was day one of a two-week state-wide sex offender sweep by the Michigan State Police, looking for those who didn't follow the rules.

"The fact is we're going to hold them accountable," Sgt. Mark said.

News Ten went along with Eaton County Sheriffs Deputies Tuesday as they searched for six such sex offenders, but each and every address they tried was the same story.

"The gentleman we tried to contact at this address, we're pretty sure he doesn't live here anymore," Deputy Brian Thomas said. "We're going to use some search engines back at the station to try to locate another address for him."

When the police find who they're looking for, it will be up to their discretion whether or not they send these people to jail. What's most important, the police said, is that everyone follows the rules, and most do.

"Overall we have a 92 percent compliance rate in this state," Sgt. Mark said. "In the tri-county area, it's at 93 percent."

But for those who choose to violate their probation, police said, they will find you and hold you accountable.

The state police conducted a similar sweep back in February. Then, the sweep checked 1,500 sex offenders in Michigan, resulting in 179 arrests and 248 requests for arrest warrants.

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  • by me on Oct 20, 2010 at 09:33 AM
    Its kinda ironic that a preacher would call a offender sweep a witch hunt I wonder if he's read lately that the church is in trouble for doing what the offenders did in the first place. The sad part about it is that some preachers use there image to gain trust then touch kids, I believe in god but I won't go to church because you really don't know who they are outside the church doors I have 4 children that don't go to sunday school for that reason. Just a lil food for thought
  • by languilleskin Location: Lansing on Oct 20, 2010 at 06:27 AM
    As the grandmother of 4, I want to know that my babies are safe. Knowing where the sex offenders are living gives me one more tool to keep them safe.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2010 at 05:33 AM
    You woulnd't call it a witch hunt if someone preyed on your kids, or raped you. Sorry but a lot of these people don't even bother to register at all. Then the cops are all over to neighbors of every relative of the offender they can find trying to find the creep. Or these guys lie and say they are living with so and so, and meanwhile they are living with a girlfriend and molesting her kids. Witch hunt my foot, personally I think they should all be emasculated.
  • by Preacher Location: Lansing on Oct 19, 2010 at 07:26 PM
    Modern day witch hunt
  • by Vanessa Location: Williamston on Oct 19, 2010 at 05:17 PM
    This explains why they are making repeated visits to the apartment complex here in williamston.
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