House committee passes Hune bill placing those who solicit minors on sex offender registry

For Immediate Release
Sept. 10, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle
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LANSING, Mich. — On Wednesday the Michigan House of Representatives’ Criminal Justice Committee passed a bill to place anyone trafficking a minor for sex on the sex offender registry as a Tier II offender, said state Sen. Joe Hune.

Senate Bill 602 also makes soliciting a person under 18 for prostitution a Tier I sexual offense requiring registration as a sex offender, and it makes the crime of soliciting a person for prostitution gender neutral.

“Those who solicit a minor are the vilest of criminals, and it’s about time we start treating them as such,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “These criminals are nothing short of sex offenders and should be classified that way.”

SB 602 and companion bill SB 206 are tie-barred to SB 205. SB 205 would make it a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than five years and/or a fine of not more than $10,000 to solicit, accost, or invite – by the payment in money or other forms of consideration – another person who is less than 18 years of age and who is not his or her spouse to commit prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.

The measure now moves to the full House for further consideration.