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FL: Bipartisan support is closing Florida’s sexual offender loophole

[tampabay.com – 4/12/21]

The case of a Tampa man who molested two young girls at a community pool but has not had to register as a sex offender has exposed a loophole in Florida’s law that is a concern among parents, law enforcement groups and child advocates.

The Tampa Bay Times covered the story of Ray La Vel James, who was convicted of molesting the girls in 2002. James served 15 years in prison and was given a $10,000 fine. It was expected that upon his release, James would have to register as a sexual offender. But the loophole allows him and other sexual predators to live freely in our communities and prowl online without the stipulations of the registry like community monitoring and residency restrictions.

The Associated Press has reported that the number of sexual assaults is steadily on the rise since the registry was formed

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It’s interesting that both parties nationally can agree on something: beating up on registrants!

And they say all those new laws and registry have done such a great job at protecting the public that “the number of sexual assaults is steadily falling since the registry was formed”.

Oh, wait, did I misquote that?????

How are people supposed to pay hefty restitutions without any chance of re-entry into society? Instead of rushing bills through maybe Florida politicians should think things out before sending it the incompetent Governor’s desk. According to the paper Florida has 29,000 people on the hit list, yet 76,000 people are listed on the Florida Registry. Maybe they need to close the loophole on that fraud for more money from the Feds.

Close the loophole of violating Registrants’ right to vote after they have served their time. Time to take the corruption and hate out of Florida politics.

The guy wasn’t held accountable for his actions only if one ignores the 15 years he spent in prison and the $10,000 fine.

The author writes “I call it a travesty that James is walking free without having to register for the heinous crimes he committed.” That wording sure makes it sound like she’s referring to punishment and retribution. But isn’t the Registry supposed to be a civil/administrative tool for public safety and not intended as punishment?? Funny how lawmakers inadvertently reveal their true intentions. 😡 (I think the Registry needs a court room moment like Col. Nathan Jessup’s [played by Jack Nicholson] in “A Few Good Men”: “Yes, the Registries are punishment! Because you and you and you …. all of you… Read more »

They will soon close the final loop hole, and that is the one that creates the noose around our necks. They only want to create a situation that no one can escape, even in death. If I hear, “ It’s o.k. because it is administrative and not punitive” one more time from an official, I will twist up the Sorna, ICE, IML and state registry laws, light them on fire and shove them so far up that person’s ass that their eyes will glow.

Another article to put in the stack pointing out the true intentions of the hit list. Hopefully these words will back to bit this Fl representative because they represent all Floridans including registrants.

The federal government closed all the loopholes already there’s not a place in America where a sex offender can live in peace they made sure of that back in 2006. The DOJ and the Federal government strategically aloud state’s to apply city ordinance banning sex offenders from living near parks and schools basically every neighborhood in America in order to flush out sex offenders in the community. After that alot of people had nowhere to go and alot of them started going on the run or stoped registering their addresses some even cross state lines hoping to lay low for… Read more »

So if I understand correctly, crimes have risen since the registry was implemented. Sounds like the registry is not working. SHM

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