Florida just smacked the hammer down on sexual predators

Mar 14, 2024

Sexual predators are known to hide and try to skirt the law.

But those days are over in Florida. 

And now Florida just smacked the hammer down on sexual predators.

New penalties for predators

A new bill seeks to make changes to the Sexual Offender and Predator Act with the goal of keeping Floridians safe.

Under the new legislation, sexual offenders and predators would be required to respond to address verification notices from local law enforcement agencies, reported Florida’s Voice.

If they do not comply, they could be charged with a third-degree felony.

But the stakes are even higher, as the bill states that every time they fail to register or report the required changes, it would count as a separate offense.

Other measures in the bill require predators to notify the department of all international travel, “regardless of length.”

Many sexual predators think they can commit heinous crimes but roam around freely without accountability.

They often try to keep a low profile by hiding their exact address, but that will not work in Florida. 

Continuing the trend

This is not the first time Florida has toughened the penalties for sexual predators.

Last year, DeSantis signed legislation excluding attempted sexual misconduct criminals from being eligible for “gain time”, a program that sometimes shortens the jail sentence for criminals.

In a press release, DeSantis said, “There is no meaningful difference between a criminal that committed a crime of sexual violence and a criminal that attempted but failed to commit that same crime, neither deserve to have their sentences cut short.”

“While other states endanger their citizens by prematurely putting criminals back on the streets, Florida will continue to enact policies to protect our communities from violent offenders,” DeSantis continued. 

And because of DeSantis’ strong leadership, crime has decreased in Florida because criminals are kept off the streets. 

Florida protects their own

Woke prosecutors around the country are quick to give a slap on the wrist to criminals, and even ignore the damage they have done.

But DeSantis will not let it happen on his watch.

Last year, DeSantis suspended Orlando State Attorney Monique Worrell for her refusal to prosecute criminals the way she was supposed to.

DeSantis issued a statement and said, “It is my duty as Governor to ensure that the laws enacted by our duly elected Legislature are followed. The people of Central Florida deserve to have a State Attorney who will seek justice in accordance with the law instead of allowing violent criminals to roam the streets and find new victims.”

With DeSantis’ tough-on-crime approach to criminals, sexual predators should know the game is up and they will continue to face consequences for harming innocent people. 

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

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