Man who failed to register as sex offender gets 12 years

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- A man who didn't follow the law received some tough punishment when he failed to register as a sex offender. A Grayson County jury sentenced him to twelve years in prison.

After moving from Sherman to Denison, Michael Steven Hess, 48, did not notify the police departments in Sherman and Denison within the required seven days.

Hess was convicted back in 1984 of an aggravated kidnapping in Longview, Texas, and titled a sex offender. He was paroled in 2003.

Authorities say sex offenders need to get the message that registration requirements are serious.

Hess received one year for every day he was late in registering on his last move.

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