State Police: 12 Arrested In Metro Detroit Sex Offender Sweep

April 22, 2019 - 2:04 pm
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(WWJ) Michigan State Police have rounded up a dozen non-compliant sex offenders in a two-day sweep across metro Detroit.

According to MSP Trooper Brenda Hoffman, most of those arrested during what they called “Operation Final Countdown” were in Wayne and Macomb counties; with a couple in Oakland County one in Washtenaw County.

All of the suspects, she said, were arrested for failing to keep up requirements to report their living arrangements for the Michigan Sex Offender Registry.

"Offenders, once they get on the sex offender registry, they have duties and obligations that they have to follow," Hoffman explained. "They're not following those and if we investigate it and find that they're not living where they tell us that they're living or they're not coming in to verify...those are the two most serious crimes."

Tier 1 sex offenders must verify their address annually during the month of their birth, according to State Police. Tier 2 offenders must verify their address semi-annually. Tier 3 offenders must verify their address quarterly. Failure to do so carries a penalty of up to two years of incarceration. All registered sex offenders must report certain changes to their information.

Hoffman said those arrested are facing felonies punishable by up to four years behind bars. 

Police are still looking for an additional 13 non-compliant sex offenders who remain at large.

The Michigan Sex Offender Registry can be viewed by the public at http://www.mipsor.state.mi.us.