Seven Brevard sex offenders arrested in December after their homeless camp was shutdown, were released from jail in January and February and their charges dismissed, court records show.
They’ve all returned to the community but have lost their jobs and belongings. They are being housed in a Brevard hotel, according to the Florida sex offender registry.
The men previously lived in a homeless camp set up on vacant, private land at 4820 U.S. 192 near Melbourne. Their GPS monitors and ankle bracelets were registered to the camp, requiring them to return there by a set curfew.
When the homeless camp was shut down in December, six offenders were arrested on charges of violating probation. One man faced a charge of violating parole. They could no longer return to their registered address without risking receiving a trespassing charge.
Five men’s charges were dismissed in January, and one was dismissed Feb. 1, according to Jessica Travis, an attorney with DefendBrevard.com.
The man charged with parole violation was transferred from the county jail to state prison on Jan. 27, then released Feb. 24, Travis said.
The day before his release, the Florida Commission on Offender Review found him not guilty of violating the conditions given by his Conditional Release Officer or the Commission, according to Angela Meredith, communication director with the Florida Commission on Offender Review.