Police arrest 23 sex offenders during Detroit sweep
Detroit — Police apprehended 23 sex offenders on felony warrants in the city during a three-day sweep last week, Michigan State Police announced Monday.
The sweep, conducted Sept. 15-17, was done to locate and arrest sex offenders who failed to report their addresses. The offenders were taken to the Detroit Detention Center and arraigned Friday in 36th District Court.
Investigators previously checked the homes of 252 registered sex offenders in Detroit to make sure they were living at their reported addresses. As a result, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office authorized 76 warrants. Investigators are working to apprehend the remaining offenders, police said.
Registered sex offenders are required to report a change of address within three business days of a move. They are also required to verify their addresses regularly with their area law enforcement agency, sheriff’s office or state police post.
Offenders who fail to do so face a four-year felony conviction, police said.
Several agencies were involved in the effort including the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry Unit, Metro Post and Second District Fugitive Team, United States Marshals Service, Michigan Department of Corrections Absconder Recovery Unit, the Detroit Police Department and the Sterling Heights Police Department.