Florida sex offender law is informally called the Jessica’s Law. The Jessica’s Law acts to reduce the chances of a sex offender to re-offend. The legislation is Florida's version of “Megan’s law.”
The name “Jessica’s Law” is from Jessica Lunsford, a young Florida Girl. She was sexually abused and killed in 2005 by a previous sex offender, John Couey.
The locals held a protest that led the state officials to introduce the law.
Jessica’s Law, like the Megan’s Law, help protect the public from Sex Offenders.
The death of Jessica Lunsford let to the introduction of sex offenders Registry in Florida. The Registry provides to the public, information on persons with a history of sex crimes in Florida. The law makes sure that the address and mug shots of sex offenders are available on the Internet.
This information helps the locals protect their children from offenders living in their communities.
You can search the Registry’s database by neighborhoods. Enter your ZIP code and address to get the full list of sex offenders in your community.
You can access the following information:
You have the “View Flyer” option to provide you additional information like:
The Registry has information on sex offenders from 1997 till date. You will also find information on Sexual predators in your area.
Florida Sexual Predators Act:
A capital, life, or first-degree felony violation, or any attempt thereof, of:
Sexual Battery, including:
FLA. STAT. ANN. § 943.0435 (West 2008)
(2)(b) Provide his or her name, date of birth, social security number, race, sex, height, weight, hair and eye color, tattoos or other identifying marks, occupation and place of employment, address of permanent or legal residence or address of any current temporary residence, within the state and out of state, including a rural route address and a post office box, any electronic mail address and any instant message name required to be provided pursuant to paragraph (4)(d), date and place of each conviction, and a brief description of the crime or crimes committed by the offender.
A post office box shall not be provided instead of a physical residential address Community Notification and Websites (Florida)
FL. ST. § 943.046 (1):
Any state or local law enforcement agency may release to the public any criminal history information and other information regarding a criminal offender, including, but not limited to, public notification by the agency of the information, unless the information is confidential.
Limitations on Residency or Employment
FL. ST. § 943.04351
A state agency or governmental subdivision, prior to making any decision to appoint or employ a person to work, whether for compensation or as a volunteer, at any park, playground, day care center, or another place where children regularly congregate, must conduct a search of that person's name against the registration information regarding sexual predators and sexual offenders.
FL. ST. § 775.21
(11) Sexual predators, as defined in Section 775.21(4), commit a 3rd-degree felony if they work, either for compensation or as a volunteer, at any business, school, day care center, park, playground, or another place where children regularly congregate.
FL. ST. § 943.0435
(11) Sex offenders must register for life.
(11)(a) Sex offenders may be relieved from the obligation to register if:
Within 48 hours of entering a county; 48 hours of changing the address
Third-degree felony; revocation of parole/probation
Most people think sexual predators are scary-looking and creepy. But three out of four adolescents who were sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well.
Most of the time, sexual predators look like regular people. Children and parents need to know and to understand that anyone can be a sexual predator, no matter how "normal" they appear.
It isn't always easy to build a trusting relationship with your child. Trying to get your children to share what is going on in their lives can be difficult.
Building an open and welcoming environment from the beginning stages of a child's life is essential. Children are less intimidated and more likely to discuss issues and topics in their lives with an open and supportive environment.
Getting your kids to share serves as a building block for times when your child needs to discuss pressing issues like sex and sexual abuse.
KidsLiveSafe put together a comprehensive parents guide about sexual predators and keeping children safe. This free online eBook includes vital statistics, how to tell if a predator is victimizing a child, and social media and cyber-bullying.
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