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Category: Sex Crimes

Florida Teacher Charged with Child Abuse after Being Awarded “Teacher of the Year”

Two days after being named “Teacher of the Year,” Caroline Lee was arrested for child abuse of a student. According to the Duval School’s police report, Lee called the student into her classroom to speak privately and allegedly struck the student’s face. Prior to the incident, the Duval County Public School’s Instagram account posted a …

Halloween Restrictions for Sex Offenders in Florida

Halloween restrictions for sex offenders in Florida depend on the details of the offense(s) they were convicted of, sentencing guidelines, and probation or parole requirements. Given the significant punishment that accompanies crimes requiring sex offender registration, Halloween restrictions tend to be stringent.  Registered sex offenders who are unsure of Florida Halloween restrictions or have unwittingly …

Can My Child Be Tried as an Adult for a Sex Crime?

As a parent, you do everything in your power to protect your child. From the time they are young, you try to teach them how to act and behave appropriately to set them up for a bright, successful future. Unfortunately, there are many times when you cannot protect your child, especially when it comes to …

Can I Remove My Florida Sex Offender Registry?

After a conviction for certain sex offenses in Florida, you will have to register your name and personal information on the state sex offender registry. You may not even realize that your conviction requires this registration, or perhaps you were only informed of this requirement when you accepted a plea deal. The reality is that …

What Sex Offenders Need to Know as Police Busts Increase in Central Florida

Authorities from Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Marshals Service, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement worked collaboratively in what they call “Operation 2020 Vision”—an assignment directed toward locating newly discovered unlisted sex offenders, unregistered vehicles, phones, and incompliant transient offenders.  In an effort to check on the adherence of current sex offenders, …

FL Requirements for Sex Offenders on Halloween

With Halloween just a few weeks away, children all over are preparing their costumes and making plans for trick or treating. Sex offenders, on the other hand, are required by law to keep their homes off-limits to Halloween celebrators. States across the United States, including Florida, have passed “No Candy” and “Operation Boo” laws, placing …

Can I Be Charged with Statutory Rape If I Was Unaware of My Partner’s Age?

In Florida, statutory rape is defined as unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Often, people are surprised when they are charged with statutory rape. When charged, defendants will usually claim they were unaware of their sexual partner’s age, or that their partner provided consent before any sexual contact occurred. However, Florida law clearly defines the …

Florida Lawmakers Want to End Statute of Limitations for Sexual Assault

Sexual assault and battery are among the many sex crimes that traumatize victims for years following the offense. Yet in Florida, survivors who don’t report their assault or battery within 72 hours face a statute of limitations that restricts the amount of time they have to seek justice. A victim who is 16 years old …

Theme Park Employees and Former Educator Face Child Pornography Charges

On Friday, November 8, the Computer Crimes Unit of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 17 men on child pornography charges. Among those arrested were two Disney employees and a former Florida educator. The sting was named “Operation Guardians of Innocence: Fall Haul.” According to Polk Sheriff Grady Judd, “The people arrested during this operation …

Cruise Line Youth Host Charged with Molesting Child

>Earlier this year, a cruise youth host was charged with child molestation. According to the 10-year-old victim and surveillance footage, the 24-year old defendant fondled the boy while playing a game in the kids’ club on the cruise. Once charged, the Defendant admitted to fondling the boy during the game and his case will be …

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