Gov. Snyder Signs Sex Offender Registry Bills 4-12-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Gov. Snyder Signs Sex Offender Registry Bills 4-12-2011

Many teenagers cited for having consensual sex with minors no longer would be listed on Michigan's sex offender registry under legislation signed Tuesday morning by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Under the measures, youthful offenders wouldn't be listed for having consensual sex with partners who were between the ages of 13 and 16, provided the offender was not more than four years older than the victim.
The legislation removes many juveniles and other non-dangerous offenders from the public sex offender registry list, such as so-called “Romeo and Juliet” offenders – teenagers who have been convicted of statutory rape for consensual sex with their teenage partners.

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The bills also add the most dangerous sex offenders to the registry for life and require them to report to the police every three months.
“This is important legislation because it makes sure Michigan gets its full share of critical federal support for local law enforcement activities that keep our communities safe,” Snyder said. “These changes make sure the registry is used to better identify and protect the public from dangerous predators.”
To comply with federal law, offenders on the sex offender registry list will now have to provide additional information beyond current requirements. This includes providing Social Security numbers, passport information, email addresses, vehicle information and employer information in order to make it easier for law enforcement to track offenders.
To view the state's online database of registered sex offenders, click here.
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