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MI: Sex offender hopes his story will help change registry

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — When Target 8 began researching the fight to change Michigan’s sex offender registry, we wanted to revisit a West Michigan man who landed on the registry because of a decision he made as a teenager.

In 1999, when Rick McQuillin was 17, he had sex one time with a 15-year-old girl on a summer afternoon at her home near Rockford.

Months later, her parents found out she was pregnant and went to police.

According to the police report, the girl said she told McQuillin she didn’t want to have sex, but he proceeded anyway.  

McQuillin – who said the baby turned out not to be his – disputed that the girl said, “no.”

Still, he ultimately pled to attempted felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

His sentence – probation but no jail time – was nothing compared to the punishment that lay ahead – lifetime registration as a sex offender. read more

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