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As discussed on the blog several weeks ago, Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Act, MCLA 28.721 , was a “one tier” system.

This means that before the changes in the law, anyone convicted of a “listed” sex offense in Michigan was put on the same registry.

There is a small percentage who are on the registry but don't show up on the public website.

Michigan lawmakers tweaked the statute in 2011, excluding minor sex crimes that don't involve minors from the public website.

Related: Does Michigan's sex offender registry keep us safer?

Tier 1 offenders include those convicted of possession of child pornography, aggravated indecent exposure if it is witnessed by someone under 18, misdemeanor sexual touching if the victim is under 18, and taking photos of an unclothed person if that person is under 18.

On April 12, 2011, Governor Snyder signed a bill making sweeping changes to Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Act (Public Acts 17, 18, and 19 of 2011).

An initial review of the changes show that while many of the proponents are congratulating themselves for finally bringing sanity to a law in much need of it, a closer read shows that the truth is not all the changes are as positive as they purport to be.

— Michael V., whose five-year-old son was accused of sexually harassing a kindergarten classmate after he pinched her buttocks Teenagers and even young children who engage in certain sex-based conduct may find themselves subject to sex offender registration, community notification, and residency restriction laws.Some persons listed might no longer be registered sex offenders and others might have been added.Some addresses or other data might no longer be current.The act makes no distinctions between dangerous child predators convicted of molesting young children, and teenagers accused “statutory rape” (MCLA 750.520d(1)(a)) for having sex with their underage boyfriend or girlfriend (so called “Romeo and Juliet” offenders).If you are convicted of a listed offense, you are on the registry – the same registry for all. First tier offenders would be those convicted of lesser sex offenses such as indecent exposure, certain simple possession of child pornography crimes, and most 4 degree criminal sexual conduct convictions.Second tier offenders would be for those convicted of offenses such as date rape, 2 (MCLA 750.520d) degree criminal sexual conduct offenses against adults, and most internet and child pornography offenses.

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