Felony charges have been dismissed in Ferndale against a convicted sex offender accused of failing to give his correct address and vehicle information under the state’s Sex Offender Registration law.
Joshua Owens, 26, of Clinton Township was arraigned on the two felonies in Ferndale 43rd District Court earlier this month.
Owens was convicted in Macomb County Circuit Court in 2006 when he was a minor for third-degree criminal sexual penetration with a person under 16, and second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13.
His attorney, Steve Lynch, said Oakland County prosecutors decided to drop the charges against his client Monday during a pre-exam conference at Ferndale’s courthouse.
“Prosecutors notified me they were not proceeding with the case,” Lynch said.
He indicated the decision to drop the charges is related to a recent federal court decisions that have found parts of the state’s Sex Offender Registration Act unconstitutional.