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MI: Bohacek-authored sex offender bill passes house


INDIANAPOLIS — Senate Bill 12, authored by State Sen. Mike Bohacek, R-Michiana Shores, recently passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 91-0.

SB 12 would make it unlawful for a sex offender to intentionally establish residence within one mile of their victim. According to a press release from Bohacek’s office, this law currently only applies to sex offenders whose victims are minors. SB 12 would extend the protection to all victims regardless of age.

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  1. Facts should matter

    “This is a major problem that needs to be addressed, and I think this bill would help victims feel more secure in their own homes.”


    The irony is, no lawmaker wants to address THIS major problem.

  2. Dustin

    A few thoughts about this:

    1. What ever happened to being able to work and live wherever you want after your sentence was served?

    2. How many RCs commit another sex offense against the same victim after release from prison? I’m sure it may have happened at some point, but often enough to warrant such a law?

    2a. I remember Derek Logue’s appearance on Ashleigh Banfield’s show talking about an RC who has to move in with a relative because he had nowhere else to go – that or be homeless. Was next door to his victim. Curious how that went.

    3. What’s stopping the victim from moving if they don’t feel safe? Surely they have more housing options than RCs.

    4. What makes forcing residence a mile away safer? How did that particular distance come to mind?

    5. In general, how does the constant coddling of victimhood help victims recover?

  3. Tim Moore

    O.K. with this latest slew of articles like this one, if you wanted to make me depressed, you did it. Too much. Good night.

  4. Chris (long time reader first time commenter)

    So this further exacerbates issues when a relative commits a crime and is released home, narrowing the number of housing options.

    Also for non related instances, how would you know where the victim lives if they have moved or if never knew where they lived? Is there going to be a victim registry so that potential housing can be queried to see if it’s within 1 mile? What happens when a victim moves into the 1 mile zone of a RC? And knowingly does it to manipulate with lives ?

    There was a sensationalized story here in Michigan a few months back about a woman’s uncle who molested her and was released to live next door. I’m trying to remember if it was the same story that said she sat him at a stop light and felt traumatized all over again, wondering how long until that gets applied as well.

  5. An RC emasculated

    Come on! I mean really, are any of you really surprised by this latest attempt at finding a problem to a solution by a lonely, frustrated, because he gets no press and needing his 15 minutes of fame, legislator? Sen Bohacek is obviously hurting for some T.V. radio, blog, newspaper, water cooler/break room at the office, barber shop, Star Bucks, grocery store and where ever else he can get it, ATTENTION! Stupid legislation targeting RCs has been fashionable for over a decade so again, this bill by Sen Bohacek should be of no surprise to anyone. If you take a close look you will find that this type of thing goes on all over the Country all the time. In every state there is some dumb-ass legislator that dreams up some dumb-ass law he wants to promote so as to look like superman to suburban house wives that are in a perpetual state of fear for their children from “Frankenstein the sex offender” hanging out of a tree at a school, butt naked, hairy, with blood shot eyes, long razor sharp teeth and claws, slobbering at the mouth, breathing hard and waiting to punch on 200-300 children—at the same time. Wow!

  6. AJ

    Another residency restriction ripe for a judgment of being unconstitutional and/or punitive. What part of Smith’s “free to move where they wish and to live and work as other citizens” is unclear?

  7. Bob

    another so called lame law, wanna be politician ! no sex offender strives to live next door to thier victim. !!!

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