Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 2:44 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Florida’s Sex Offender Registry has been updated to now allow users to search for sex offenders who are working, living or going to school on college campuses.
Florida State Senator Eleanor Sobel sponsored legislation that was passed during the 2013 legislative session that provided funding to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to enhance the Sex Offender Registry website.
“To enhance public safety and in the spirit of cooperation, the Florida Legislature, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Florida Sheriffs have created greater public awareness of sexual predators on our post-secondary campuses,” said sponsor Sen. Eleanor Sobel.
According to FDLE, Florida’s registration law requires sex offenders and predators to report higher education enrollment, employment or vocational activities to local sheriff’s offices. That information is then provided to those institutions and FDLE.
Using the University Search feature (http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/homepage.do) on the registry, citizens can obtain a list of all sex offenders at that particular campus as well as the display of the offenders photograph, offense and residential information.
“Sex offenders in our system of higher education are a harsh reality. Helping to provide Florida’s students the most efficient tools to identify and inform themselves about potential threats in their lives was a logical next step for me,” said Sen. Eleanor Sobel.
According to FDLE, there are more than 60,000 sex offenders and predators on Florida’s Sex Offender Registry and more than 600 have active registration information involving postsecondary institutions.
A quick search of the site shows 1 registered sex offender at Florida State University, 1 registered sex offender at Florida A&M University, and 13 registered sex offenders at Tallahassee Community College.
To search Florida’s Sex Offender Registry, visit http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/homepage.do or visit FDLE’s website.