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FL: Sex predators in Bradford County will see signs at their homes

STARKE, Fla. — Convicted sexual predators in Bradford County are being outed with red reflective signs posted outside their homes. Sheriff Gordon Smith said it is all about making sure the community knows where they live. “If it prevents one more victim in my community, I’ve done my job as sheriff,” said Smith. Full Article

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If you’ve never been to Florida know this: if you veer away from Miami, The Keys or Wally World it is the Dirty South and they themselves refer to it as such. In 1998 I spent a week traveling across the state with my Hispanic girlfriend and the looks we got as a couple told me their attitudes were stuck in 1958.

Getting back to this article…The joke is on you, Sheriff Buford T Justice: The sign your holding appears to identify you as the pervert.

The only thing that could make the video of that idiot any better is if banjo music was playing in the background.

I got similar looks with my filipina wife in 2006.

Of course, those looks all came from women and they were all MUCH less attractive than my girlfriend.

Another grandstanding show based on misinformation. When this sheriff does this to outlaw biker gangs, murderers and carjackers, he can be taken seriously. This is just chest beating and window dressing from a man who knows very little about the constitution and who is better off cleaning the sheriff’s office rather than running it.

I’ll bet the neighbors love those signs too. Nothing like driving down their property values and accomplishing nothing else.
If he really wants to save some kids he should look for real and present dangers.
Maybe learn how many children are injured and killed every day by reckless driving, drunks, animals, drownings, and so many other ways that are preventable.

Apparently, in Florida, ANY repeat offender is labeled a ‘Sexual Predator’.

If you take the time to look up the guy in the video, he has two convictions for “Lewd or lascivious exhibition victim under 16 years old offender 18 or older; F.S. 800.04(7)(c) (PRINCIPAL)” which is, the way I read it, two convictions of Indecent Exposure – see here, Section 7 – c.

A serial flasher – the horror! Sexual Predator is not what it used to be!

Add Florida to the list of places I am never stetting foot in.

I guess this would make Britney Spears, LiLo, Paris Hilton and other muffin flashing celebs serial flashers aka Sexual Predators, too!

It is a slow day today and I took the opportunity to educate myself about the laws of the Sunshine State… the big fat Code Section printed on the sign provides the following: Law enforcement agencies must inform members of the community and the public of a sexual predator’s presence. Upon notification of the presence of a sexual predator, the sheriff of the county or the chief of police of the municipality where the sexual predator establishes or maintains a permanent or temporary residence shall notify members of the community and the public of the presence of the sexual predator… Read more »

Here’s the real sad thing. What of the family members? What if a child of a registrant commits suicide? Where would the good sheriff stand on this issue then? He’ll stand OFF the HOOK is where and it wouldn’t matter because it was a sex offender’s child. Well, that’s what these kind of laws mean although not stated right out!

I agree! If you dehumanize an individual than it’s family are the same and unworthy of consideration.
Like many sex offenders who only see their victims as objects, those who support this kind of harassment do so only for their perverted lust for hate and vengeance, regardless of who they harm.

Look up the term “douche bag” in ANY dictionary and you will see the definition is Sheriff Gordon Smith.

But seriously, it is this sort of person who is not interested in assisting anyone assimilate back into society but rather humiliate and torture them. Simple as that.

He gets off on abusing his authority and power over those he sees as “weaker” than himself. He is the most vile sort of law enforcement person.

Sounds like Barney Fife with attitude…
Signs in the yards, targets on our backs; anything to draw attention away from piss poor police work, makes them appear as if they’re really protecting and serving while in the doughnut shop. Oh well, my morning rant, sorry about the negativity, I’m not a pessimist, just an optimist with experience.

You DO know there is a federal precedent that addresses these signs. Has everyone forgotten about the Simi Valley Halloween case? I realize the jurisdictions aren’t the same but the ruling was a federal one. The problem is that in Florida there will be no fight against this ordinance unless the ACLU gets involved. Not likely.

Eric, I think there is a difference here setting it apart from the Simi Valley situation… not that this dingbat shouldn’t be challenged for it though. The folks in Simi were required to have a sign on their own property (front door) and in this case the Sheriff is posting those signs on public right-of-way property. I just don’t get that some of these fools cannot understand signs like this do not provide any increased safety and really only make potential targets of violence for the former offenders. Perhaps that’s his point.

I wonder if the sheriff would be so quick to post a sign in front of the beautiful young teacher (Debra Lafave) RSO should she move into his territory. I can hear him now, “shucks ma’mm I’ll bet there’s a way we can get around this sign if you know what I mean. hehe.

Jim Crow is alive and well. However the sheriff wraps it, he is essentially in the business of creating laws. The most important posts here regard the dehumanizing of the other family members that live there. That is the protection this callous public servant is completely unaware of. For him to be name calling in his interview speaks volumes about his own reality that now gets forced down the families of these former offenders, thus again creating a whole new set of victims at the hands of this misguided and self centered public dis-servant.

Perhaps the community should be more concerned about it’s law enforcement officers sexually abusing or assaulting them than some random stranger or someone on the registry. It’s those in a position of authority you need to watch. Me thinks the sheriffs office, police station, and other correctional facilities should have big red signs warning that a sexual predator or violent abuser most likely works there. Just read the following articles out of Bradford County and you will see what I am talking about. You know what they say about those who scream the loudest having the most to hide. I’m… Read more »

You can tell which people leaving comments have a sign in their yard. Thumbs up Bradfor Country!

Continue with the stereotype, depending on the crime everyone needs a second chance, he is trying to make him self look like hero to those who are scared of their own shadow, Real nice for the neighborhood and property values. How many continue to reoffend, if he did he would be gone for good.

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