As of Thursday, August 6, all sex offenders who already live in or are moving into Gadsden County will have their photo, address, offender status and certain information pertaining to their crime posted and made available to the public.
Under Florida law, all Sheriff’s Offices are required to make public notification when sexual predators move into or relocate within a county. The statute allows, but does not require notification of the public regarding sexual offenders.
Sexual predators are classified as a sexual offender whose crime is of a particularly violent nature, their victim was below a certain age, or they have re-offended within a certain time frame.
In a press release issued by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, the agency says this measure is “not for punitive purposes, but to better insure the safety of our most vulnerable citizens.”
For a listing of all registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Gadsden County, or to search by county or zip code, go to fdle.state.fl.us and click on the sexual offender database.
Gadsden County residents can also sign up to be notified when offenders move into their area by going to floridaoffenderalert.com and signing up for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s notification program