CENTRAL FLORIDA - More than 230 convicted sex offenders in central Florida are almost untraceable.
For a growing group of sex offenders, however, these requirements are unattainable and there is very little law enforcement can do about it.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida is home to 1,184 transient sex
Miami-Dade County ranks No. 1 with 315 transient sex offenders, followed in second place with Broward County at 219 transient sex offenders.
All convicted sex offenders, including transient sex offenders, are required to register with the county sheriff and list an address.
In most cases, the address of transients is nothing more than a major intersection or wooded area near a road.
Of the 121 transient sex offenders in Orange County, nine list their address as the "Woods near Old Winter Garden Road / Tremont Street" and five more list their address as "Old Winter Garden Road / Kirkman Road."
"This presents a challenge for law enforcement because they do not adhere to conventional methods of tracking," said UCF Criminal Justice Professor
In a report to the Florida Legislature, the State Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability noted that monitoring homeless sex offenders is problematic because it is time-consuming to verify their location and provide required public notice.
The report also noted some offenders may claim a transient address to avoid legal requirements and restrictions.
In counties with relatively small transient sex offender populations, tracking is easier.
In Seminole County, the FDLE lists only four transient sex offenders and according to the sheriff's office, "they (sex offenders) register the camps they stay at as their home address and investigators visit them at that location, just as if it were a house or apartment."
While Seminole County has a small number of transient sex offenders, Volusia (49), Brevard
Tracking transient sex offenders problematic in central Florida
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