Senate passes Hune bill that would help protect minors from sex offenders

For Immediate Release
June 5, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle

LANSING, Mich.—Senate Bill 602, a measure to add to the sex offender registry a person who solicits a minor, passed the Senate Thursday.

Currently, solicitation is only a misdemeanor, which the sponsor of the bill, Sen. Joe Hune, said is far too lax.

“The solicitation of any prostitute is wrong, but trying to pick up a minor is abhorrent,” Hune, R-Hamburg said. “The penalties for trying something so appalling should properly reflect the crime and should not soon be swept under the rug.”

The measure would make it a felony for a person to engage or offer to engage another person, who was under the age of 18 and who was not the person’s spouse, for the purposes of prostitution by payment in money or other forms of consideration.

“I’m happy that my colleagues and the Republican-led Legislature also sees fit that this crime should be further punished,” Hune said. “Our children are precious. They must be protected from predators at all costs.”

SB 602 now moves to the Michigan House of Representatives for further consideration.