IRON MOUNTAIN - Michigan State Police officials have announced 179 non-compliant sex offenders were arrested and 248 additional arrest warrants were requested during Operation Verify.
None of those arrests were in Dickinson or Iron County, according to State Police in Iron Mountain and Iron River.
Operation Verify is an initiative aimed at increasing compliance with Michigan's sex offender registration law. This is the state's seventh coordinated sex offender sweep in five years.
The effort involved more than 120 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. There were no sex offenders arrested in Dickinson or Iron counties during Operation Verify because the whereabouts of those who live in the county were confirmed.
The Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act requires offenders convicted of felony-listed offenses to verify their address at a local law enforcement agency quarterly during the first 15 days of January, April, July and October. Failure to do this then or when they move or vacate a residence can result in a penalty ranging from a 93-day misdemeanor to a 10-year felony.
As of Jan. 25, there were 45,546 offenders in the Michigan registry. Following Operation Verify, 40,896 offenders were in compliance with the Michigan's SORA.
A list of Most Wanted Sex Offender Absconders can be found at www.michigan.gov/absconders.
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