Kalamazoo man to serve jail time for failing to register as sex offender
Dale Simmerson, a 40-year-old homeless man from Kalamazoo, was sentenced to one year in jail and 18 months of probation for failing to register as a sex offender, second offense, in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday. A habitual offender charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
Judge Susan K. Sniegowski ordered that he serve 90 days in jail now with the rest of the time to be served at the court’s discretion.
He was given credit for 61 days of time served here and 26 days he served in the Wexford County Jail.
Sniegowski said she understood that Simmerson’s homelessness may have resulted in a misunderstanding wherein he believed that not having a residence meant he didn’t have to register.
“But I understand that has been clarified,” Sniegowski said.
Simmerson told the court he had struggled with substance abuse issues, which Sniegowski said he could address during probation.
“I also feel that the probation time will be good for you and that the substance abuse problems you seem to have will be addressed.”
He was ordered to pay the court $638.