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July 1, 2010

"Sex offender faces prison for going to movie, authorities say"

The title of this post is the headline of this intriguing local Detroit story which highlights how GPS tracking can play a role in busting a sex offender for going to the wrong pop-culture event.  Here are the details:

A sex offender told to stay away from children is facing up to 15 years in prison for allegedly violating his probation.

Michael Keeler, 46, of Gregory appeared in Livingston Circuit Court today. Authorities say he went to MJR Theater in Brighton June 22 to see the blockbuster film "Toy Story 3," putting himself among children despite his probationary terms.

Livingston Judge Michael Hatty set bond at 10 percent of $10,000. A hearing is set for July 8.

Court records showed Keeler served one year in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of criminal sexual conduct, second degree, involving a child under age 13 in 2008.

His probation included lifetime of electronic monitoring and registry on the state's sex offender list. The judge said a GPS monitoring device confirmed his whereabouts on June 22.

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If he went to see Twilight, he would be facing 20.

Posted by: Res ipsa | Jul 2, 2010 8:50:36 AM

if i represented this icky perv, i'd raise as a defense that "toy story" came out long enough ago that someone who watched that movie as a child can now defend an icky perv who violated his probation by watching "toy story 3."

Posted by: virginia | Jul 2, 2010 3:39:28 PM

True that! Toy Story is a franchise that is loved by more than just children. What are we saying, that just because a movie is popular witch children that it cannot be enjoyed by adults? Children enjoy grocery stores, too... will a SO's bracelet alert authorities when the go to buy food? The hysteria is getting out of hand.. how dare Sex Offender's breathe the same air as my children!

Posted by: tbucket | Jul 2, 2010 4:51:29 PM


"You honor, my client Loved playing on the monkey bars when he was a child. So, when he heard a new playground had been built 3 blocks from his house, he couldn't resist the urge to play with those kids, er, monkey bars"

If the law, and/or a judge, orders you to stay away from kids... stay away from kids.

Posted by: Huh? | Jul 2, 2010 10:22:29 PM

Yeah, and like I said, is the grocery store next, or are we actually going to see reasonable sentences that take into account that humans do more than sit at home? If he was that dangerous, perhaps jail would have been in order to begin with? He might as well be in jail, there are no normal parts of society that he can participate in, no matter his intent. And screw the judge/law... we have already seen plenty of evidence here and elsewhere that crusading politicians make these restrictions based on fear, not real cases.

Posted by: tbucket | Jul 3, 2010 10:07:11 AM

The guy was on probation.

Posted by: Huh? | Jul 6, 2010 9:44:37 PM

Hi,I am a student of law in Europe(Ireland) and am never ceased to be amazed at the difference between sentencing policy in Europe and in the U.S.
Ours seems too soft-yours seems too draconian..
In Ireland we have concurrent sentencing rather than concurrent so the incentive here is to really do the dog on your crime because you will only serve the sentence for the longest one which, if it is say 10 years, you will get 25% remission for good behaviour anyway(regardless of your behaviour!)

Posted by: Terry | Jul 11, 2010 6:55:54 AM

Our laws are made by sleazy politicians who care more about getting elected or re-elected.

Posted by: Huh? | Jul 13, 2010 3:38:29 PM

Did you know that treatment for former offenders has been proven effective and that most sex offenders never commit another crime? Did you also know that making it more difficult for former offender to reintegrate into society increases recidivism?

Would you like more *FACTS* ? If so, look at this website and please sign our petition:

CanadiansForAJustSociety [dot] webs [dot] com

Posted by: Steven Yoon | Aug 17, 2010 12:37:07 PM

I'm a student and i understand that this a serious matter.But i think everyone is frekaing out over something so small.Yes he went to a kids movie.Toy story did come oout a long time agao and alot of children AND adults both enjoy the movie.
Do you want him to go to the movies with his P.O?
hmm?So Far its theaters and what nxt Grocery Stores Malls?
This is ridiculous

Posted by: Tia Lacroix | Aug 23, 2010 8:27:22 PM

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