What is a Sexual Offender?
Sexual Offenders are individuals convicted of committing, attempting, conspiring or soliciting to commit any violation of Florida State Statute Chapter 794, any above listed offenses without the judicial order of predator, or any of the following offenses involving a child, who have been released from sanctions on or after October 1, 1997:
- Luring or enticing a child under 12.
- Sexual performance by a child less than 18.
- Lewd or lascivious act in the presence of a child under 16.
- Procuring person under 18 for prostitution.
- Computer pornography involving a child.
- Distribution of obscene materials to minors under the age of 18
What is a Sexual Predator?
Sexual Predators are designated by judicial order, based upon criteria, to include the severity of the offense and/or multiple convictions of certain offenses, on or after October 1, 1993. These include:
- Offenses include, but aren’t limited to, child pornography, sexual performance by a child under 18 and procuring a person under 18 for purposes of prostitution.
- Kidnapping or false imprisonment of a minor, where the defendant is not the victim’s parent.
- A written court finding designating the individual a sexual predator
What are the Registration and Notification requirements for Sexual Predators and Sexual Offenders?
The Florida Sexual Predator Act states that all Sexual Predators, who committed their offense on or after October 1, 1993, are subject to mandatory community notification and registration requirements. The legislation also states that sexual offenders released from prison or Department of Corrections sanctions on or after October 1, 1997, are subject to community notification at the discretion of the Chief or Sheriff of a jurisdiction. In this way, the legislature allowed for local agencies to address individual public safety concerns regarding sex offenders on a case by case basis. Additionally, both sexual predators and offenders must register with the state or local Sheriff, and the Florida Department of Safety & Motor Vehicles within 48 hours of release from prison or any subsequent move.
Where can I find information on the Sexual Predators/Offenders in my neighborhood?
Information can be obtained through the FDLE website. www.fdle.state.fl.us
Do you only register individuals with a Florida record as sexual predators?
No. The law allows the courts to issue a sexual predator finding if the subject has been convicted of a similar crime in another jurisdiction/state and meets the criteria for sexual predator designation, per Florida Statue 775.21. Additionally, registered sexual offenders from another state who relocate to Florida meet the criteria for registration in Florida.
Are predators allowed to live near schools or daycare centers?
Sometimes, yes. Each predator or offender’s conditions are individually pronounced by judicial order (judge), depending on their individual crimes.
What should I do if I receive a flyer about a predator or offender?
This information is provided as a public service to notify residents that a predator or offender has moved into their neighborhoods. If there are any concerns contact your local law enforcement agency.
Where can I get more information?
- The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children serves as the national resource center and information clearinghouse for missing and exploited children.
- Wireless Amber Alerts lets you sign up to receive Amber Alerts on your cellular phone for the area of your choice.
- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) maintains a database of Florida Sexual Offenders and Predators. They provide several ways for you to search the database.