The Michigan Supreme Court will consider an appeal by a western Michigan man who was ordered to register as a sex offender more than a year after he was sentenced to probation for misdemeanor child abuse.

Kent Lee believes registration is an excessive punishment. He pleaded no contest to third-degree child abuse for flicking a boy’s penis after the child refused to put on pajamas.

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Lee was placed on probation for five years and ordered to jail for 10 weekends. In June, the Michigan appeals court upheld a decision by an Allegan County judge who ordered Lee to register as a sex offender.

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The state Supreme Court this week invited groups representing prosecutors and defense attorneys to file arguments in the case.

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