Statewide sweep nets 51 sex offenders in Michigan

'Operation Verify' arrests 51 non-compliant sex offenders

Published On: Nov 16 2012 02:20:53 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 16 2012 02:32:25 PM EST
LANSING, Mich. -

The Michigan State Police announced Friday the arrest of 51 non-compliant sex offenders during Operation Verify.

The operation, which ran during the month of Oct., was aimed at increasing compliance with Michigan’s offender registration laws. 

This was the state’s ninth annual sweep. 

More than 90 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies participated in the statewide operation where the homes of 1,742 registered offenders in Mich. were checked.

Police say the sweep saw 51 arrests and 116 warrant requests issued for violations of the Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act.

As of October there were 40,155 people on the state sex offender registry.

A similar sweep in the city of Detroit recently led to 70 arrests for non-compliance.

What the Mich. Sex Offenders Registration Act says:

The act requires convicted sex offenders in Michigan to regularly report to their local law enforcement agency, sheriff’s office or nearest state police post to verify their address. 

A tier classification is assigned to each sex offender based on the requirements in the Act. 

Failure to comply 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. 

View a list of the most wanted sex offenders Mich. police are still searching for at www.michigan.gov.