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November 7, 2012

Six arrested in sex offender sweep

By Sara Kandel
C & G Staff Writer

ROSEVILLE — Six Roseville residents were arrested for failure to comply with state registration laws and other violations during a citywide sex offender sweep on the week of Oct. 25.

The sweep was executed during a two-day period and was assisted by state and national agencies.

“Our officers, along with the United States Marshall Service and the Michigan State Police, conducted a sweep of all 135 registered sex offenders living in the city to check that they were in compliance with all terms and conditions of the Michigan sexual offender registration act,” said Roseville Police Chief James Berlin. “Six were arrested — four were issued local violations and two were incarcerated.”

Dale Patrick McCarthy, 60, was found in possession of three pounds of marijuana and a “large quantity” of cocaine, according to Berlin.

According to the sex offender list, McCarthy, who resides in the 17000 block of Elizabeth, was convicted of one count of “child sexually abusive behavior” in March 2005.

He faces two charges of possession with intent to deliver and is being held on $7,500 or 10 percent bond. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in jail and fines. A message, seeking comment, was left with McCarthy’s attorney, Robert Leithauser.

Berlin did not release details about the men who were given local citations but described the charges as “ranging from failure to verify address, failure to notify when moving to another state, failure to change address and animal cruelty.”

The Sex Offenders Registration Act of 1994 requires offenders to register their address, contact information and employment status, among other things, with their local police departments.

Offenders are broken into three categories, depending on the severity of their crimes: tier one offenders must verify their information annually, within the first 15 days of January; tier two offenders verify twice a year, within the first 15 days of January and again at the beginning of July; tier three offenders are required to remain on the sex offender registry for life and must verify their information three times a year, at the beginning of January, July and October.

They are also required to report changes in residence, contact information, employment, school enrollment and vehicle information within three business days; failure to do so is a four-year felony. The act also stipulates their proximities  to school and child safety zones.

“They aren’t permitted to reside within 1,000 feet of a school or student safety zone,” Berlin said.

James Garrison, 54, was found living in a school zone during the sweep, according to Roseville police. He is being held at Macomb County Jail, where he faces up to four years in prison. Bail was set at $5,000.

Garrison’s attorney, D. Michael Cherry, said last week that he had just been appointed to the case and therefore could not comment yet.

Overall, the department was quite pleased with the result of this sweep, with only 4.4 percent of offenders in the city found in violation of the law.

“In past sweeps, we’ve had more — in one, around 45 offenders were found not to be in compliance with the laws,” Berlin said. “But they seem to know now how diligent we are about doing these checks.”

Roseville has citywide sweeps twice a year — in the spring and fall — each time checking on every offender registered in the city.

“We’ve had offenders move out of the city because they don’t want to put up with the hassle, and that’s fine with me, but if they live here, we expect them to comply with all the rules and regulations that govern the state Sex Offenders Registration Act,” Berlin said. “We aren’t just paying lip service to the registration list — we take these rules and regulations very seriously for the safety and well-being of everyone in the community.”

This particular sweep was part of an annual statewide effort dubbed Operation Verify, where each fall, state troopers and local law enforcement agencies team up to locate all offenders in violation of the law.

According to the Michigan State Police, as of October 2012, there are 40,155 offenders on the state list and 37,261 of them are in compliance with the registry’s requirements.

Contact attempts to the Michigan State Police Metro Post 21 were not returned at press time.

For more information on the state sex offender registry, visit www.mipsor.state.mi.us/.