Florida sex offender law is informally called the Jessica’s Law. The Jessica’s Law acts to reduce the chances of a sex offender to re-offend. The legislation is Florida's version of “Megan’s law.”
The name “Jessica’s Law” is from Jessica Lunsford, a young Florida Girl. She was sexually abused and killed in 2005 by a previous sex offender, John Couey.
The locals held a protest that led the state officials to introduce the law.
Jessica’s Law, like the Megan’s Law, help protect the public from Sex Offenders.
The death of Jessica Lunsford let to the introduction of sex offenders Registry in Florida. The Registry provides to the public, information on persons with a history of sex crimes in Florida. The law makes sure that the address and mug shots of sex offenders are available on the Internet.
This information helps the locals protect their children from offenders living in their communities.
You can search the Registry’s database by neighborhoods. Enter your ZIP code and address to get the full list of sex offenders in your community.
You can access the following information:
Current Address and Map
Source of the information
Current Offender Status
You have the “View Flyer” option to provide you additional information like:
Date of Birth
Scars, Marks, and Tattoos
The Registry has information on sex offenders from 1997 till date. You will also find information on Sexual predators in your area.
Florida Sexual Predators Act:
A capital, life, or first-degree felony violation, or any attempt thereof, of:
Kidnapping (where the victim is a minor and the defendant is not the victim's parent) - FLA.STAT. ANN. § 787.01 (West 2008).
False imprisonment (where the victim is a minor and the defendant is not the victim's parent) -FLA. STAT. ANN. § 787.02 (West 2008).
Sexual battery - chapter 794
Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age - FLA. STAT. ANN. § 800.04 (West 2008).
Selling or buying of minors - FLA. STAT. ANN. § 847.0145 (West 2008).
Or a violation of a similar law of another jurisdiction.
Any felony violation, or attempt thereof, of any of the offenses requiring registration as a sex offender, where the offender has previously been convicted of one of the offenses requiring registration.
An offender who has committed a 2nd or subsequent offense of sexual battery is required to register as a sexual predator only for the offenses listed in FLA. STAT. ANN. §§ 794.011(2), (3),(4), (5) or (8) (West 2008).
Kidnapping (where the victim is a minor and the defendant is not the victim's parent) - FLA. STAT. ANN.§ 787.01 (West 2008).
False imprisonment (where the victim is a minor and the defendant is not the victim's parent) - FLA. STAT.ANN. § 787.02 (West 2008).
Luring or enticing a child (where the victim is a minor and the defendant is not the victim's parent) - FLA.STAT. ANN. § 787.025 (West 2008).
Sexual Battery, including:
Sexual Battery FLA. STAT. ANN. § 794.011 (except 794.011(10)) (West 2008).
Sexual battery by multiple perpetrators - FLA. STAT. ANN. § 794.023 (West 2008). Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors - FLA. STAT. ANN. § 794.05 (West 2008).
Procuring person under age of 18 for prostitution - FLA. STAT. ANN. § 796.03 (West 2008).
Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age - FLA.STAT. ANN. § 800.04 (West 2008).
Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of an older adult or disabled person FLA. STAT. ANN. § 825.1025 (West 2008).
Sexual performance by a child - FLA. STAT. ANN. § 827.071 (West 2008).
Obscenity - FLA. STAT. ANN. § 847.0133 (West 2008).
Computer pornography - FLA. STAT. ANN. § 847.0135 (West 2008).
Transmission of pornography by electronic device or equipment - FLA. STAT. ANN. § 847.0137 (West2008).
Transmission of material harmful to minors to a minor by electronic device or equipment prohibited FLA.STAT. ANN. § 847.0138 (West 2008).
Selling or buying of minors - FLA. STAT. ANN. § 847.0145 (West 2008).
Attempting, soliciting, or conspiring to commit, any of the criminal offenses proscribed.
Any person who establishes or maintains a residence in this state and who has been designated as a sexual predator, as a sexually violent predator, or by another sexual offender designation in another state or jurisdiction and was, as a result of such designation, subjected to registration or community or public notification, or both, or would be if the person was a resident of that state or jurisdiction.
FLA. STAT. ANN. § 943.0435 (West 2008)
(2)(b) Provide his or her name, date of birth, social security number, race, sex, height, weight, hair and eye color, tattoos or other identifying marks, occupation and place of employment, address of permanent or legal residence or address of any current temporary residence, within the state and out of state, including a rural route address and a post office box, any electronic mail address and any instant message name required to be provided pursuant to paragraph (4)(d), date and place of each conviction, and a brief description of the crime or crimes committed by the offender.
A post office box shall not be provided instead of a physical residential address Community Notification and Websites (Florida)
FL. ST. § 943.046 (1):
Any state or local law enforcement agency may release to the public any criminal history information and other information regarding a criminal offender, including, but not limited to, public notification by the agency of the information, unless the information is confidential.
Limitations on Residency or Employment
FL. ST. § 943.04351
A state agency or governmental subdivision, prior to making any decision to appoint or employ a person to work, whether for compensation or as a volunteer, at any park, playground, day care center, or another place where children regularly congregate, must conduct a search of that person's name against the registration information regarding sexual predators and sexual offenders.
FL. ST. § 775.21
(11) Sexual predators, as defined in Section 775.21(4), commit a 3rd-degree felony if they work, either for compensation or as a volunteer, at any business, school, day care center, park, playground, or another place where children regularly congregate.
FL. ST. § 943.0435
(11) Sex offenders must register for life.
(11)(a) Sex offenders may be relieved from the obligation to register if:
The registrant has not been arrested for any misdemeanor or felony offense for 20 years; or
The registrant was under 18 years of age at the time of the offense, the victim was at least 12 years old, and at least 10 years have elapsed since the registrant was arrested for any felony or misdemeanor.
Within 48 hours of entering a county; 48 hours of changing the address
Third-degree felony; revocation of parole/probation
Most people think sexual predators are scary-looking and creepy. But three out of four adolescents who were sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well.
Most of the time, sexual predators look like regular people. Children and parents need to know and to understand that anyone can be a sexual predator, no matter how "normal" they appear.
It isn't always easy to build a trusting relationship with your child. Trying to get your children to share what is going on in their lives can be difficult.
Building an open and welcoming environment from the beginning stages of a child's life is essential. Children are less intimidated and more likely to discuss issues and topics in their lives with an open and supportive environment.
Getting your kids to share serves as a building block for times when your child needs to discuss pressing issues like sex and sexual abuse.
KidsLiveSafe put together a comprehensive parents guide about sexual predators and keeping children safe. This free online eBook includes vital statistics, how to tell if a predator is victimizing a child, and social media and cyber-bullying.