LAKEVIEW, Mich. — Michigan State Police troopers from the Lakeview Post have just concluded a two-week sweep of convicted sex offenders in Montcalm, Ionia and Gratiot Counties who have failed to verify their address by the October 15 deadline.
A total of 18 residences were checked with 1 arrest being made and an additional 7 warrants being sought by the end of the sweep. Three offenders are currently being sought on previously existing Sex Offender Registration charges. Charges include failing to verify their address and failure to update their address. Additionally, 2 offenders were found to be deceased since their last verification period and 2 were found lodged in a county jail.
The Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act requires registered sex offenders to regularly report to their local law enforcement agency, sheriff’s office, or nearest state police post to verify their address. Tier 1 offenders must verify their address annually, during the first 15 days of January. Tier 2 offenders must verify their address semi-annually, during the first 15 days of January and July. Tier 3 offenders must verify their address quarterly, during the first 15 days of January, April, July and October. Failure to do so carries a penalty of up to two years of incarceration.
All registered sex offenders must also report a change of name, address, employment, campus enrollment, internet identifiers and vehicle within three business days of any change. Failure to do so is four-year felony.
The Public Sex Offender Registry can be viewed via the Internet at http://www.mipsor.state.mi.us. Tips can be left anonymously via the internet and will be assigned to the appropriate investigating agency for follow-up.