I am 28 years old and a veteran. I was convicted of violation of MCL 750.136B5, child abuse in the 4th degree. This conviction was on October 24th, 1998. I was sentenced to probation and did not serve any jail time.
I joined the U.S. Navy in 1999. I eventually applied for a secret security clearance in 2004 or 2005, I cannot remember which. The investigation took almost 2 years for the Navy to complete. I was initially denied a clearance due to this conviction.
In 2005 I applied for the conviction to be set aside under MCL 780.623. I also contacted Michigan DHS and applied to have my and my ex-wife's names removed from the Michigan Child Abuse and Neglect Registry.
After a few letters and an investigation by DHS, my and my ex-wife's names were removed from the Michigan Child Abuse and Neglect Registry on 8/19/2005. I went to court and went in front of the judge that handled my case in 1998. The judge granted my motion to set aside this conviction.
I went to federal court on my appeal for my security clearance denial and testified before a federal judge. The judge sent a recommendation to a federal panel who awarded me my secret security clearance in 2006.
I was a sworn military police officer from January 2004 until I left active duty in March 2007. I carried a weapon and had arrest authority, etc. I worked several protective details for President Bush and other celebrities and dignitaries.
I received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in March 2007 and returned home to Michigan. I have been unable to find employment in Michigan. I have been turned down for law enforcement jobs here in Michigan due to my conviction that was set aside. It appears I am unable to get hired as an LEO due to my record despite it being sealed.
What can I do? Is a pardon possible or even likely for me? I want to be an LEO again but feel at this point that will never happen in Michigan despite my service record. Any advice is appreciated.