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FL: Who is policing sex offenders online? The answer – no one

FORT MYERS, Fla. – What’s simple for many people – changing one’s profile name or email address for Facebook – can result in up to five years in prison for Lee County’s approximately 800 registered sex offenders and predators. Full Article

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  1. steve

    It must be sweeps.

  2. American Detained in America

    absolutely disgusting article…

  3. PK

    “Jacquelyn Saltrs, whose 16-year-old daughter isn’t allowed on social media. “It’s easy for (sex offenders) to have access to that, they could end up showing up to your house. For me, it’s more of a protection thing.”

    She makes statements that Any and All Sex Offenders who have Social Media Accounts, use Facebook and Twitter to find out where people live, and show up at their house. And since All Sex Offenders are predatory pedophiles, she needs to do everything to protect her frail 16 year old daughter from Those Types Of People. And if this Mother needs to read all of her Daugher’s emails- then so be it!

    Robert Hamlin, who has a 17-year-old son, believes a social media ban for offenders isn’t enough. “These people need to be identified, and blocked from all internet access, not merely social media,” he said.

    Those Criminal Sex Offenders need to be bared and banished from society period! What Monsters!

  4. JR

    I posted this comment on the Florida Action Committee site. I have TWICE tried to post it on the WINK site but it had yet to show up on the story.

    I saw this story and typed a comment on their site that was basically an “FU” to the writer/ “investigator” but thought better of it and deleted it.
    I wouldn’t call this garbage anything but an ignorant, inflammatory piece of shock journalism. On what basis does this “journalist” think it’s his/her place to suggest a manner in which to manage what a registered citizen does or does not do? It was glaringly obvious that the writer simply decided premeditatively to create a “shocking” story, hunt for “evidence” supporting their point (read: make up something) and put law enforcement on the spot to publish their embarrassing response.

    Shame on WINK “news” for this fairytale BS.

  5. steve

    These clowns are such pu$ies they won’t even print my comment calling them out as fear mongering sensationalistic journalists.

  6. Civilian

    This situation is disgusting. First it shows that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will disclose the Internet Identifiers of registered persons to anyone who asks. Second it shows how registration can result in censorship of speech and possible harassment. Consider that a person must disclose their email address to the news site in order to post a comment. If the person happens to be registered in Florida, the operators of the news site will know exactly who they are ( they have the list of email addresses from the FDLE). The operators of the site can then choose to reject the comment of that individual. Or they can decide to “investigate” a registered person who posts an unfavorable comment.

    • Frank

      Anyone can go to hundreds of sites and set up free email accounts. If I lived in Florida, I’d personally set up about 500 email accounts and use them all.

      Can they make you only have one email account?

      I’d turn in the entire list of my email accounts to Florida police and let them check them all. The more investigators we can have wasting time and getting paid, the sooner this madness will end.

      • Timmr

        True. We ought to all study legal ways to civil disobedience. It has brought down regimes, I hear.

        • Civilian

          Yeah, I thought about that. How about a service to help Florida registrants meet the requirement for Internet identifiers? Automatic email account creation and registration. No limit on the number of accounts. Also, a robot to find and register all “communication” URLs. Cause you never know where you might want to post.

  7. JR

    Fred, it’s much worse than that in Florida. Our lovely governor signed a law this past session that requires every registered citizen to register EVERY URL they use that they can communicate through. EVERY URL.

    SO… For every comment we leave we have to first register the site URL and the page URL. In addition to currently registering our email addresses and identifiers we also now have to register any ANONYMOUS identifier.

    This website alone has thousands upon thousands of URLS so starting in October you will be hearing nothing from me into the future.

    • Frank

      JR here’s your quote:
      “Our lovely governor signed a law this past session that requires every registered citizen to register EVERY URL they use that they can communicate through. EVERY URL.”

      My thought:

      296 million domain names on the Web. Nearly all have a “Contact Us” link somewhere within the pages of the web site.
      You tell Florida law enforcement this: “Since I have no place to live and I can’t leave my country, then I figure with all of the restrictions, I need to occupy my time. I wish to be in compliance, and I plan to visit every single Domain on the web.” And provide them the list.

      That should make Gov. Rick Scott look like a real fool.

  8. FL internet ID's

    If you all in FL can find an atty to challenge the URL Law, etc use Illinois as an example since they seem to be leading the way on saying you can’t restrict communication, etc, of SO’s.

    Read these two articles for starters:

    http://www.winknews.com/2016/05/10/lawmakers-banning-sex-offenders-from-social-media-is-easier-said-than-done/

    https://www.womenagainstregistry.org/page-1730788/3936173 (This talks about Illinois’ effort on Internet use by SO’s)

    • JR

      @FL internet ID’s and Fred:

      Florida Action Committee (FAC) – our State RSOL affiliate is in the middle of a number of lawsuits and “internet identifiers” is one of them. They are adding this “every URL” language to the suit.

      I am aware of the information you provided (WINK news is a joke around here for their ignorant, inflammatory “news” stories) What’s funny about this particular WINK story is that many of us are finding that our comments are not being published on the page. I have tried to post SIX times to the story over the last few days. Nothing shows up.

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