ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Residents listed on the sex offender registry in Florida must live in certain areas, but they are not required to have a permanent address.
In one case, a predator in St. Johns County was listed as living in the woods behind a Winn Dixie. The individual has since moved, according to the Sheriff’s Office post.
Action News Jax dug through the registry to find at least six St. Johns offenders on the registry, including two predators, who are listed as transient.
“My concern would be more for children you know because they’re outside,” Denise Slavin, A St. Johns County resident, said.
Action News Jax Law and Safety Expert Dale Carson said it’s becoming a growing problem and is difficult for law enforcement to track.
“We find them living under bridges; on boats. We find them in the community away from children,” he said. “But those individuals specifically are very hard to track.”