MARION COUNTY, Fla. - The Marion County Sheriff's Department's crackdown on sex offenders is working so well it is having a ripple effect on the judicial system.
A home on Northwest 14th Avenue in Ocala is where Jerrod Leonard Chandler claimed to live. But Marion County
"The penalties are so large, why would they not comply with that? What else are they possibly doing?" said
Chandler is a registered sex offender. He was first jailed in 2002 for the sexual battery of a 12-year-old girl.
Registered offenders are required to check in with the
"We knew he was due to be in court last Monday -- a week ago. So, when he showed up for jury selection for the trial he just got convicted on we arrested him there at the courthouse," said
And the judge threw the book at him -- the longest sentence in county history for an offender who failed to register. It was eight years longer than the time he did for the sexual battery.
Detectives hope this will send a message to all the registered offenders living in Marion County.
"They go to sex offender treatment class together. A lot of them live in the same locations together. And they talk. And the message will get out. I'm certain of it," said Miller.
There is still no word on which Florida state prison Chandler will be sent to, but sheriff's detectives say at least they'll know where he is.