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Michigan's sex offender registry may be expanding

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More Michigan residents may soon be added to the state's sex offender registry.

The house approved a bill that would require people convicted of tier one crimes involving minors to be placed on the online sex offender registry.

That includes unlawful imprisonment if the victim is a minor and knowingly possessing sexually abusive material of a child.

Right now, only tier two and three offenders are placed on the registry.

Offenders convicted of sex crimes currently are not listed on the registry in the following cases:

  1. Offender is an adjudicated juvenile.
  2. Offender is deceased.
  3. Offender is not a Michigan resident.
  4. Offender is registered for a single tier offense.
  5. Offender's conviction was not a listed offense requiring registration.
  6. Offender's conviction date was prior to October 1, 1995, and is no longer involved with the criminal justice system for that offense at that time.

Tier one crimes are listed below:

  1. Child sexually abusive activity or material possession
  2. Aggravated indecent exposure, if the victim is younger than 18 years of age
  3. Unlawful imprisonment, if the victim is younger than 18 years of age
  4. Criminal sexual conduct 4th degree, if victim is older than 17 years of age
  5. Capturing/distributing image of unclothed person, if victim is younger than 18 years of age
  6. Any violation of state law or law ordinance that by its nature constitutes a sexual offense against an individual who is younger than 18 years of age
  7. Any offense committed by a person who was, at the time of the offense, a sexually delinquent person
  8. Any offense substantially similar to a listed offense under a law of the United States, any state, or any country under tribal or military law

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