Jones working to protect children in wake of judge’s ruling on sex offender law

LANSING—A federal judge has ruled that Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry Act is too vague, including the requirement that offenders stay at least 1,000 feet away from a school.

Sen. Rick Jones said, “As chair of Senate Judiciary Committee, I am aware of this ruling and have been working with the Michigan State Police to rewrite the law and make sure we are protecting our school children from sexual predators.”

The judge ruled that offenders are not provided with enough information from the state to abide by the 1,000-foot school safety zone. He also struck down other reporting requirements in the sex offender law, such as reporting email addresses, telephone numbers and motor vehicles.

“I warn sex offenders to stay away from schools. This is one judge’s ruling, and the law will soon be changed to clarify it,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “I’m working to make sure there is no vagueness in the Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry law. Child molesters must stay away from our schools. Law enforcement will be watching.”