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Published: Wednesday, 3/10/2010

Michigan board reverses parole for sex offender

BY MARK REITER
BLADE STAFF WRITER

MONROE - The Michigan parole board has reversed the decision to grant parole to convicted sex offender Rex Layman, a former Lambertville man who was convicted in 1998 of child rape, the Monroe County Prosecutor's office said Wednesday.

The full 15-member Parole and Commutation Board took unprecedented action to review Layman's scheduled release after objections were filed by Prosecutor William Nichols.

"We are pleased that the parole board took a second look at this, reversed the decision, and found that he is dangerous to society and a threat to public safety. We believe the public is safer without him on the streets," said Michael Brown, an assistant county prosecutor.

Layman, 61, has served nearly 12 years of the 8 to 30 year prison sentenced he received for sexually abusing two 8-year-old girls in 1997.

A three-member panel of the state parole board granted parole release to Layman after reviewing his case last August.

Mr. Brown said the parole board ordered that Layman should remained locked up for 24 months.



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