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What’s up with the Florida sex offender registry?

By Sandy . . . Florida has, according to research information just compiled, slightly over 73,000 individuals on its state sex offender registry. This makes it the state with the second highest number, coming in behind only California, which has well over 100,000 registered sexual offenders.

But this isn’t what earns Florida its unique distinction. It earns that because, of its 73,000 registrants, only between a third and a half of them live in Florida.

Like virtually all the other states, registered visitors, vacationers, and those in Florida temporarily are required to register shortly after entering the state. Unlike in other states, however, they are maintained on the Florida registry when they leave and go back to their home states.

This is specified on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website in their FAQs for sex offenders. Number 6 says:

  • Yes, if an offender or predator is visiting Florida from another state, he or she must report in person to the sheriff’s office within 48 hours of establishing a temporary residence in Florida.
  • NOTE: A sexual offender/predator’s information is not removed from the registry’s public website when the sexual offender/predator leaves the state of Florida.
  • NOTE: Removal from another state’s registration requirement does not guarantee removal from the requirement to register in Florida. r/sops/faq.jsf

Additionally, whether in-state or out, registrants are not removed from the Florida registry when they die. The same page of FAQs, #18, reports:

  • Sexual offenders/predators reported deceased remain on the website for one year after the date of death as provided on the death certificate. This allows victims, the community, and local law enforcement time to be notified.

One year to allow notification. Is Florida making such notification by snail? In this age where information travels at the speed of light, what would be the justification for this even if it were true?

And it is not.

A former Illinois registrant, Kenneth Simpson, still on the Florida public registry, died in March, 2013. That is almost six years, not one. And Robert Somers, Maryland, died in 2003 and Thomas Freeth of Connecticut in 2000. They are all still on the Florida website.

Perhaps Florida is just not diligent with their out-of-state registrant deaths. Surely they do better with their own.

Nope. Richard Akes, Miami, 2013; John Heard, Florida City, 2001; Darryl McClurkin, Miami-Dade, 2011; Ronald Heath, St. Augustine, 2002.

Nor are these cases outliers. Virtually every one I researched, both in and out of Florida, who is deceased, has been so for multiple years.

It seems that Florida really, really likes having its registry bloated with names of individuals from whom no threat or risk of harm is possible.

Florida does something else in the way of getting names on their public database that is almost unheard of.

Virtually every state requires registration of a convicted sex offender whose sentence involves incarceration when the prisoner is released from prison, either immediately before or after the release.

Three states require registration immediately upon conviction, before or as soon as incarceration occurs. Florida is one of the three, with Idaho and Michigan the others.

This was verified in a response to an email I sent to the Florida DLE:

Those with Florida sexual offense convictions are placed on the public registry as soon as FDLE is made aware of their qualifying conviction regardless of whether or not they are incarcerated.

The reasoning behind this is totally unclear.

The rationale behind the public sexual offender registry scheme, even though it has failed miserably in every aspect of its mission, is to give citizens a tool to use in protecting their families from those who have done harm in the past and might be expected to do so again when they are living in the communities.

Florida’s registry, then, presents an enigma.

People who live in other states are kept on Florida’s registry for the rest of their lives even though they pose no threat of harm to Floridians. Even when the requirement to register ends in other states, Florida is highly unlikely to remove such persons from its own registry. In fact, I could find no evidence that they have ever done so. People who are behind bars, some with sentences that assure they will die there, are required to be on Florida’s registry. And finally, those who are dead, both in and out of Florida, are kept on that state’s registry, not just for the one year claimed to be needed to make full notification, but for five, ten, twenty years past their dates of death.


Why has the Florida legislature chosen to create a registration process that increases its own maintenance and verification expenditures and that, even if it had the potential to be helpful, reduces even that slim chance by intermingling those who could possibly do harm to a citizen of Florida with those who would have to drive across the country, break out of prison, or crawl out of a grave to do so?

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Sandy Rozek

Sandy is communications director for NARSOL, editor-in-chief of the Digest, and a writer for the Digest and the NARSOL website. Additionally, she participates in updating and managing the website and assisting with a variety of organizational tasks.

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  • #50541 Reply
    Sandy Rozek
    Sandy Rozek

    By Sandy . . . Florida has, according to research information just compiled, slightly over 73,000 individuals on its state sex offender registry. This
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  • #50549 Reply

    Nena Eschete

    This is ridiculous! The entire registry is so unconstitutional, yet it remains? Why will people and our government wake up and see the over punishment on those on the registry? This so saddens me.

    • #50609 Reply


      Over punishment indeed but the argument I believe fits the mark the best is a double Jeopardy violation if you are put in jeopardy more then once for any given crime. Once they admit it is punishment they must abolish it totally.

      • #50669 Reply


        In a way, isn’t a person being twice punished for a crime when they have to serve so much time in prison PLUS paying a fine?

        In Tennessee a Class A misdemeanor can get you up to 11 months 29 days’ incarceration in county lock-up AND a fine not to exceed $2500.

        Is this not the same thing? X number of years in prison AND lifetime registration or registration for 10, 15, or 25 years? Isn’t the argument that it’s a package deal that those are the components of the sentence for a crime?

        The fact that it is part of the sentence sure makes it sound like a punishment because that’s an automatic part of the penalty to be paid.

        • #51327 Reply


          We both know that it is punishment and that the lawmakers know this too. They will continue to break and bend the rules until there are consequences for their actions that are undesirable. Lawsuits, money loss, and bad publicity are all we can do for now I’m afraid it is not enough.

    • #52200 Reply

      Frederick santarpio

      I am desperately trying to get off the Florida sex offender registry for third- degree sex offense in 1998, I have a wife and children overseas and now the country where they live will not allow me in because of the sex offender registry, my wife and children are in the Philippines and it’s a shame what America is doing to sex offenders trying to visit there for business Or have family there. I am trying to seek an attorney ( without any luck so far ) but any direction you can point me in and any people who I may contact for advice or help would be greatly appreciated!

  • #50550 Reply


    Large numbers are important to scare people into submission and stir up election votes. Facts, actual safety, and fiscal responsibility are never important when dramatic headlines and Slogans get the job done. Exaggerated threats and false fear are Great weapons to sway the uninformed.

  • #50551 Reply


    The value of the database is overblown but those who manufacture and sell the devices advance the many applications for public safety. It’s an easy sell but the real costs are not included in the cost benefit analysis. Just because the devices are attractive politically didn’t equate to the defence of liberty. Dead men are no threat and broadcasts are therefore useless yet the machine goes unchanged. That fact precisely outlines an inherent conflict between machine and man. This is how a nation devised ” for and by the people” changes to one ” of and for the machines. ” I’m sorry but such is inevitable given our overreliance.

  • #50552 Reply


    So the International Megan’s Law says you must have this identifier on your passport if you are on any registry. So lets say you live in a state where you were able to get off the registry at some point, I assume that would mean you don’t need the identifier any more(?) but if you had visited Florida at any time and are on their registry forever that would prevent you from ever getting a passport without the identifier?

    I am new to having to navigate all of this and I can honestly say I had no idea this is what the registry is all about and what we, as a society, are doing to families. I never agreed with the idea of registry from when it first came about way back when. Seeing how it has expanded makes me sick. And now my family will have to live with it as well….here in Florida where we live.

  • #50556 Reply


    It’s called money. If you want to know the specifics, research how may budgets and grant requests are based, in whole or in part, on the number of registrants. Bet it’s a lot.

    And let’s not forget Ron and Lauren Book…

  • #50564 Reply


    As a NY registrant, I can attest to this. My parents live in Florida so when I go to visit I am required to notify FDLE. In NY, I am a lv1 registrant meaning I am low risk to reoffend and am not on the public registry here. I have 10 yrs left of the 20 mandated by law. Because I registered there, I am now on it for life. In fact, during my last visit I was told since I was planning on staying for 2 months that I would have to get a Florida ID. This would of required me to surrender my NY drivers license (Federal law prohibits a person from holding an ID from more than one state). When I informed the officer of this he encouraged me to lie to the Florida Dept of Motor Vehicles and claim to them I did not have a NY drivers licence. They said that 2 months was an unusual lengthy time to visit.

    • #50577 Reply



      Two months is only an unusually lengthy time to visit because you’re on the registry and have a sexual offense. If you had any other type of offense or no criminal record at all, no one would give a damn how long YOU CHOOSE to visit somewhere.
      Welcome to the land of opportunity. Welcome to your wake up call of how wonderful this country truly is.

  • #50568 Reply


    The Florida Action Committee (branch of NARSOL) is trying to bring a suit on this topic of out of state registration and is raising funds to bring it to fruition. Please see their website under donations and consider a monetary gift. This is most important to the out-of-state registrants but is hard to get their attention since most do not visit the FAC.
    Thank you for your attention to this cause.

    • #50573 Reply


      I am from the Draconian State of Florida. I had fled Florida because of the harsh laws and silly laws which are amended on the whims of some Lawmaker. I too agree with Muriel that Florida Action Committee has an Out of State challenge fund that needs to filled.I have contacted other advocates in different states to see if they were interested in a combined joint effort to attack Florida Registry. I live in Arizona and left Florida 8 years ago.I am on their State Registry as well. Please publish an article that can direct others to Florida action Committee out of state challenge fund

    • #50585 Reply
      Sandy Rozek
      Sandy Rozek

      We published this piece here back in April about this legal action. We also sent it out to a broad readership base. Readers, feel free to send it out.

      Come to Florida on vacation and leave a registered sex offender

      • #50610 Reply


        So are some of these sex offender markers in the local graveyards? How ridiculous and it just shows how wrong the registry is.

        • #50700 Reply


          Are you aware who your loved ones are buried next to? Visit the registry website and find out!
          Florida needs to ban offenders from being buried next to kids.
          You know… For safety…?

        • #50708 Reply

          My first reaction was to laugh, then it hit me, now that you brought it up, it just might become the latest law. I’m not laughing anymore. Even dead, sex offenders are hated in FL it would seem.

  • #50572 Reply

    So vactioners must register, even if traveling through the state, e.g. visit Disney, then travel on? How does FL define a residence? If I stayed in my camper in the Walmart parking lot overnight on my way through the state, or had a airline layover outside if my control, am I some how setting up a residence and therefore out if compliance? This just seems crazy to me. I imagine it’s intended to keep all those ‘predators’ mentioned in their biasedly worded law away from Florida’s very vunerable and obviously cowardly population of walking victims. This is nuts.

    • #50586 Reply
      Sandy Rozek
      Sandy Rozek

      Almost all states require registrants to “check in” to some degree when visiting or temporarily being in their state. The time frame varies widely from within 24 hours to a month or more. NARSOL’S State Wiki offers that as one of the categories of information.

    • #51408 Reply


      Charlie, one thing I think we may be overlooking with regard to Flori-duhhhh is that this is a state where a lot of rich old folks vacation to ride out the winter. Florida is a state whose economy is based largely on tourism, therefore they don’t wan’t “those people” around. They might frighten off visitors.

      There are even some Flori-duhhhhh cities that criminalize feeding the homeless in public. Go figure. Maybe they don’t want the homeless fed in public because many could be registrants legislated into homelessness by these town-by-town one-upmanship laws that restrict registered citizens.

  • #50576 Reply


    Gotta love how they use the term “predator”. Because only crimes of a sexual nature are predatory. Car jackers and muggers are not at all predatory and would never harm anyone in the commission of their crimes. Nope.

    • #50587 Reply
      Sandy Rozek
      Sandy Rozek

      As despicable as we find the term, they aren’t using it arbitrarily. In Florida and in some other states, it is a legal designation. They have two classifications of those with sexual crime convictions: offenders and predators.

      • #50671 Reply


        Predator is for child molesters and actual rapists.

  • #50578 Reply


    I know that many folks on here are not fond of how I come down on liberals/democrats. However, the conservatives/republicans are NOT the ones screaming “equality, acceptance and no discrimination”. That’s the liberals. Yet they can’t seem to practice what they preach.
    Example; I work with a lot of Trump haters and women who are feminists. They embrace the entire idea of allowing open boarders and transgenders (no matter how unconvincing the trans person may appear) to use whichever restroom they want. But these same coworkers make remarks to me about my current age gap relationship (I’m in my 40’s and my girlfriend is in her 20’s. A grown woman who CHOSE to date me).
    I’ve learned how to shut these hypocrites down. It’s simple – remind them of their motto “Equality, acceptance and no discrimination” and they don’t have what to say back to that.
    This needs to be the kind of tactic used towards the liberal politicians who are making and embracing these laws against us. Remind them of their own motto.
    Like I said, the Republican Party doesn’t go around proclaiming all this “no discrimination” crap so they need to be handled differently when pitching the argument at them. But the democrats need to start holding to their own motto or else simply shut up.

    • #50588 Reply
      Sandy Rozek
      Sandy Rozek

      Maestro, can you explain what your comment here has to do with the situation with the registry in Florida? I understand what you are saying about those termed liberals being more inclusive and more likely to want or say they want equality for all, and I agree that there is hypocrisy on both sides. I don’t understand what that has to do with Florida’s policy of keeping out of state registrants and deceased registrants on their registry.

    • #50711 Reply

      Registered notoffender

      I know you like to play ignorant but it is the republican Cottom who used sex offender scare tactics to stop the prison reform bill from passing. Any criticism for republicans by you? Nope none at all.

      Shame on you for calling out democratic politicians only. Shows you can be just as hypocritical as they.

  • #50638 Reply


    I’m also a victim of the FDLE registry. After being released from federal gaol, I spent a few years there with my mother (now deceased) and left for a job in Nevada in 2004. I am still on Florida’s goddamn registry! I am also still on Nevada’s registry since I moved back home to Pennsylvania in 2008!! I am being ignored by the PA State Police for challenging my registration, and have finally gotten my State Senator’s staff involved. At the time of my alleged acts (possession of child porn), there was no registry anywhere, and it was an obscenity offense, not a sex offense. At sentencing, the federal registry was 10 years and I was sentenced to “register as a sex offender.” At the most, I should have had to register for 10 years, but now it’s almost 18 years and I still see no exit.
    Insofar as IML is concerned. I got the certified letter from the DoS in mid-November, almost 45 days after I returned from an international trip. That pissed me off so much, I didn’t even sign for it. I let it get returned as not ever having been picked up. Let them come and take my passport from my cold dead fingers if they want it so bad. One way or another, I will expose this bullshit, even if it means sacrificing myself in the process. I have had enough!

    • #50641 Reply


      Exit strategy = Sex offenders pool their money and buy their own country/Island and walk away from this doomed constitutionally gutted corpse of a country forever. Make our own sovereign nation this is my dream at this point. There are plenty of high IQ skilled registered citizens who have to feel the same way.

    • #50799 Reply

      Facts should matter

      Not to flame or incite, but just stating the fact that Paul Kramer (R) was the architect and brainchild of Megan’s Law. It’s only a Google search away to learn which party is complicit from ground zero.

      Florida is bad because of the Jessica Lundsford and Adam Walsh incident. The lawmakers simply will not throttle back on anything sex crime related.

      • #51409 Reply


        A Republican may be the architect of Megan’s Law, but neither party votes against sex offender legislation. Any law that tightens the screws on registered citizens gets bipartisan support. Screwing us is one of the few things politicians willingly and eagerly reach across the aisle to do!!!

  • #50679 Reply


    Sandy if I may speak out on this dishearting debauchry of Justice. All of us on the registrey feel discrimination in some means and form and it is sadding that America, the land of opportunity has taken a backseat to certain ordeals of Criminal Justice. We can talk about a free country but it seems Government wants to make a lot of changes even this Wall that a lot are against.

    Now I just finished watching the Blues Brothers that takes one back to understanding that we shouldn’t have any discrimination of any type. Even some good cast in it also even Aretha Franklin that we all lost this past year.
    Sure behavior in a lot of this Sex offender stuff comes to many states Its like a want to know your where abouts just in case. It’s like a tract dog that want the scent of who chop down the cherry tree. I wonder who’s doing damage to the Tree of Justice today or one could say the Tree of Liberty.

  • #50730 Reply


    Great job at exposing the lies and corruption behold such a punitive governmental scheme. This is proof that their registry serves to promote fear, not public safety or rehabilitation.

  • #50757 Reply


    Hey all,
    I’m a RC here in Michigan who has traveled to Florida each of the last three years. The registration requirement is only triggered by staying in one place for three consecutive days. Example: for a six day trip you can stay in 3 different hotels for 2 nights each…I know it’s a pain in the ass but it is a solution…..this 3 day rule went into effect last year thanks to the bimbo princess herself (Lauren Book) it was implemented to prevent “trafficking” by her reasoning but it was really just about keeping protesters/demonstrators away from her charity walk. If you want to see the lengths that the Book family will go to persecute people with a sex related offense check out what they did to Derek Logue for having the balls to stand up to them……I know we all feel oppressed in our respective states but Florida is a special kind of evil as it relates to its registered citizens

    • #50766 Reply

      That might be a loophole and you may had been successful in staying off the radar with your method, but I am not convinced it was legal. I strongly recommend that people do not try it without first confirming it is legal.  Florida’s current statute says visiting registrants must report within 48 hours of arriving in Florida if they are to be in the state for three or more days within a year. I am aware of some cases where people thought they successfully completed their visit without reporting only to be extradicted back to Florida to face failure to comply with the registry law charges. Which is a class 3 felony in Florida.

      You can visit NARSOL’s State Law Wiki site for information about states you hope to visit.

      • #52181 Reply


        it’s very interesting how the state of Florida as well as California, the state where there a lot of bikinis and scantily clothed young girls and women around due to the temperatures have more registered pedophiles than any other states in the entire country ! Having a family member who was assaulted and attacked buy a sexual offender and predator with no form of convictions I agree on the “rules and regs”and hope they stay that way! You’ll never win or be able to change any of this and thanks for the heads up on your sneaky ways of staying in Florida so we notify and do something about that too!!

        • #52206 Reply
          Sandy Rozek
          Sandy Rozek

          Jason, first, let’s use terminology correctly. The words ‘pedophile’ and ‘pedophilia’ are medical terms, not legal ones. There is no crime of ‘pedophilia’ in any penal codes. Therefore, there are no ‘registered pedophiles.’ Those with pedophilia who act on their urges — and a great many do not — and are convicted, are convicted of child molestation and are therefore registered child molesters.
          Secondly, there would be no connection between teens and women in bikinis and pedophilia. The idea that women are responsible for sexual assault based on how they dress has been long debunked. And pedophilia is a disorder that involves young, pre-pubescent children, not teens and women, regardless of how they dress.
          Thirdly, we are sorry that your relative was a victim of sexual abuse, but your own words show one reason why the registry is not effective. Approximately 96% of new sexual crime is committed by those who have no prior convictions , just like the person who assaulted your family member, and are therefore not on a sex offense registry. The registry turns our eyes in the wrong direction and leads our focus away from those who commit virtually all sexual crime against children, that being the children’s family members, peers, and authority figures.
          Thank you for visiting our site and reading our material. We hope that reading and studying the facts and documented evidence concerning the subject of sexual abuse will be helpful to you. You will find many of the facts, with documentation, here:

    • #50836 Reply


      The problem with trying to skate in a state like Florida by moving around is that your residence state is likely required to inform them that you’re coming, and to where. My state added a lot more residency restrictions right after I moved into my longtime family home, and they tried to chase me out (cost me a few thousand dollars to beat), but now if I ever leave my “grandfathered” house for three days or more without informing the gestapo where I’m going, I’ll not be allowed back into my house (and be charged with a felony). So even if I could spend two nights each in various hotels, my state will tell them where to find me, and they’ll do a “compliance check.” When they do that, they’ll inform me how many hours I have left in the state before I have to report. They don’t care if I’m moving on to another address. I know, as I’ve been through this in Florida, and am now on their registry, even though I’ve never lived in Florida–and my conviction state (Michigan, not where I live now, though) is not even letting people like me with cases pre-1994 register in most counties. Florida is foul. They inflate their numbers to keep the money flowing into the local constabulary, they heap more punishment on just because they can, and they actively discourage registrants from visiting their state and its attractions. Please donate for the action committee’s efforts at curtailing Florida’s unconstitutional tactics.

      • #50856 Reply


        What state are you currently residing in? I have a conviction from 1994 in Michigan. In my last two trips to Florida I informed my local PD that I was leaving the state of Michigan for more than 7 days as required by law…I told them that I was spending one night on the way down with 5 days in Florida and 1 night back with a possible 8th day in case of travel problems. They only asked for the address for where I was staying in Florida. I asked them specifically if there was any interstate communication to let them know I was coming and they told me no…I’m not naive and I’m not sure I believe that but I was never subjected to a compliance check in either year…if I was to go again this year and I probably won’t just because it’s not worth the hassle, I would provide the three addresses for 2 nights each and be done with it…I guess I don’t understand where all your restrictions that you mentioned are coming from? I have no intention of ending up on Florida’s registry just as we’re hopefully about to receive relief sometime this year from the Does/Snyder case….You are correct however about donating to the lawsuit that the Florida Action Committee is trying to bring against the state of Florida. Many people who can get off the registry in their own states can still be listed nationally because of Florida’s BULL SHIT…….

        • #51265 Reply



          Alabama, where if you leave the state more than two days you need a travel permit stating the address(es) and date(s) where you’ll be staying. They contact the local cops and inform them you’re coming, the dates, and so on. The local cops tell the registry officer here where you have to check in and what day. I went to visit a friend for a week before I know about the “Florida problem.”

  • #50773 Reply


    It’s not my method….I haven’t attempted this because the law didn’t go into effect until July of 2018. I visited for spring break last year in April. The advice I submitted comes from closely following the Florida Action Committee’s web site….you do not have to report your itinerary to the state of Florida within 48 hrs….if you were staying in one place for a week than by all means, please comply…I’m definitely not a lawyer but what I said was stated by the president or moderator of the FAC. If I’m wrong or in error I would be completely happy to admit wrong or inaccurate information…Florida doesn’t require you to notify just your presence in the state….just when you establish a “temporary” residence of more than 48 hours or more…the Florida identification card is also problematic as stated by someone else previously….by using the method of moving location every 2 days you can’t be expected to go to the dmv and change your id 3-4 times on a six or seven trip. Again, if I’m wrong than please correct me

    • #51020 Reply

      Minor American

      The laws are geared to promote a system to identify all targeted individuals…sex offenders, they ….authorities, powers etc.. did not have all the details worked out when registry was invented, they knew it was Opportunity! !! And once power over others is established, well you know it’s a living hell….because Voltair said…. if you make people believe absurdities you can get them to do atrocities. ..or you could say in your own way….get them to do all kinds of damdable things to others and others believe it’s good or right or just …etc.

  • #50783 Reply


    Fred, I wonder if the people or (we the people) really know’s about this sex offender ordeal. Is all this a conspiricy, or some one world government thing of power of protection or a slanderous attempt to keep order and kayos from getting a hold of their MaxWell Smart agenda. I wonder where some of this talking shoe goes at times.
    A lot of this government bunk is a bit crass to an extent, but remember if it saves one life its worth it. Is it money, greed, or trying to debunk the fellow citizen for not complying or bowing down to them. Now everybody might be off the wall in some of this measure or means but when government tends to abuse it can also tend to abuse. One would tend to believe that more kids are killed or molested in war than the stranger danger factor. Just look at the cosmetic set up of this internet sex registry thing.

    A police person would rather sit in front of a computer and induce one rather than go out on patrol and catch them IN THE ACT by these types of measures in many cases.

    I hate to say this but Ten Thousand a year is not bad for any law enforcement person to opt to just sit in front of a computer and entice, badger, or whatever to others in some computer type of felony or its all part of the game. I’m sure that one should consider that in these barriers from state to state measures.

  • #50810 Reply

    Registered notoffender

    Florida gives felons their right to vote… except sex offenders

    “I think the voters of Florida would not have passed that if sex offenders had been allowed,” said Florida Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis. “So, I wanted to make sure that if someone is convicted of something like article 120 in the military, that people know they are not eligible to get benefits under the amendment.”

    • #51037 Reply


      Would seem clearly an unconstitutional prejudice re: equality under the law.

      Yet, that would require logical reasoning rather than emotionally based laws/judgements.

  • #50846 Reply

    I wonder if you wanted to go to Disney, and stayed only two days, would you have to register? For that matter, would Disney even let you in? Family reunion excursion could make me register for life, even though I’m to come off the registry this year? So much ambiguity in a simple visit. How can Florida impose such a set of rules in folks that are not residents or citizens of their state is beyond me. Setting up a domicile implies intent to stay. Visiting a hotel certainly isn’t “setting up” anything.

    • #50886 Reply


      If you go there, don’t stay on Dis property, and don’t give them your name. They crosscheck any named reservations with the FDLE SOR. They will certainly trespass you from their entire property. Use cash for your tickets, and enjoy yourself.

  • #51024 Reply


    Will be visiting Hong Kong in October and planning on going to the Disney world Park there. Has anyone visited that Disneyland and had any issues because of their status as an SO?

  • #51036 Reply


    Time to revise the old quote regarding inevitable certainties to include…”Death and taxes, and the SO registry…”

  • #51039 Reply


    South Carolina is similar. You remain on their registry for life regardless of felony or misdemeanor or if you move out of state. I’ve lived in NC now for years. I’m still listed and pictured on SC’s registry and expect I always will be. It just simply states “moved out of state”.

    So, in a couple more years, I will be able to petition NC to be removed from the registry and – due to compliance and no further police involvement since the 18 year old misdemeanor- I stand a good chance of success. Yet…I’ll always be on SC’s registry…and likely long long long after I stop breathing too.

    • #51062 Reply


      Even more…since I’ve left SC, and live now in NC (and have for years), I found my original classification has changed on SC’s website…

      I had been classified as tier 3 (Lowest level) and recently discovered SC has done away with that tier (Only upon my inquiry to SLED, hhowever. Now, there are only two tiers, and I’ve been “promoted” to tier 2…inspite of it being an 18 year old offense for which I successfully completed the two years of probation for the misdemeanor charge, stayed out of trouble, and haven’t lived in that state for over 6 years, nor ever once notified of the “Promotion/escalated status” – and thereby never granted any possibility or opportunity of due process or appeal.

      Point is, as I example above and as this article well illustrates, it never ends nor is there rarely ever any letting up on the noose no matter how much time passes since the offense; no matter the seriousness of your charge, nor any evidence of your rehabilitation or contributions to society…the label stands and the constricting rope still tightens.

  • #51374 Reply

    Island Chef

    Thank You Sandy for bringing this to light….It is an awful, frightening, and very disturbing reality that Florida is a Mickey Mouse State wherein Crime is Commerce…Facts: Florida has more than 100K in state prisons in addition to over 250K on state supervision, i.e. Probation-mainly, very few on Parole, as Parole is not granted pro se.

    While I remain on the Registry in Florida (I am a resident on a Caribbean Island, nowadays), the 666 List, when I visit my elderly mother in Florida…I am required to check in with the authorities, they do nothing but stamp my written it and sign it and send me on my way…they don’t enter my info into the ‘system’, as they say it is a waste of time… they know that I was suckered punched by Grady Judd and a ruthless prosecutor!

    Thanks again for your Article….

    -Island Chef

  • #51941 Reply


    has any one had any issues with their neighbors? Not necessarly arguments, but awkwardness with regards to waving, saying hi, etc? Do you wave when you see them out? Do you wave at people with kids? Do they look the other way?Does it make it too awkward? Does anyone reading this have a NORMAL relationship with your neighbors? Has it ruined your sex life? It has decimated my sex life. I am at wits end.

    • #51965 Reply


      How about you moderator? Do you think a lot of people are experiencing those feeling? Those are collateral damage feelings. I can’t even find the nerve to ask the girl at the local publix for her # a lot of times. My sex life is about 0. I am the one being raped, when they threw me on the Fl. registry. Who can I talk to?

      • #51970 Reply

        So I don’t know which moderator you are asking. but for me, my neighbors have never overtly shunned me, neither do they go out if the way to befriend me. I’ve been confronted once long ago though, and I had to involve law enforcement
        My negative experiences have been from employers, vigilantes who can’t stand to see me have a job, and by some who falsiied complaints to my uiversity to get me thrown out of classes. Other than jobs, I’ve survived for 14 years fairly okay.
        But, as a divorce for the last 9 years, I’ve not dated once. I’m terrified to try. Some people who know me from professional associations (I’m a volunteer counselor) have tried to get me to “meet” some of their friends romantically. Not me! No way. Don’t need the pain of rejection, and I would not want to drag a decent woman through this life with me. And, as an older man, she’d likely have kids, adult or nearly so, who would “protect her” from and evil person like me. So, no. Loneliness is better than continuos abandonment and rejection.
        I wanted to meet my kids at Disney for a Christmas vacation. Cancelled that. I won’t travel outside the US for now, and God forbid I try to get a real job again. It’s too humiliating for me, and to watch my work friends squirm and the supervisor suffer because He.R. says I must go is heart wrenching.
        So, Clark, I don’t know if this answers your question, but life in the registry is a punishment I wouldn’t wish on anyone else, with the exception of those politicians who created it. And maybe not even them. After all, it is cruel and unusual.

  • #51975 Reply


    so do you wave at any neighbors, especially those who have kids, when you ride down the street? Do you feel like your taking a ride of shame until you get off of your street?

    • #51979 Reply

      Well, I’m originally from the country, where it’s rude not to wave. But here, in the suburbs, I wave at those who wave at me or smile. I don’t wave at young people, and I do duck my head sometimes as I come and go out of fear if making eye contact if any children are around. My professor-supervisor one year told me to “live life in such a way that the rumors about you can’t be true.” So, I am hyper-vigilent to be sure I give no “offense” as I come and go. That’s a form of shame, but it’s self-protective.

  • #52232 Reply


    well im from NJ and i been off registration obligations for 4 years already, the same story that im reading here repeats itself, I went 1 time to Florida in the past, and i had to register and now im in the internet for life. my crime was a 3rd degree crime and is was a one time consensual situation but she was 17 and yes the law was broken there, i had to do 15 years on parole, and never had any issues, have a great job, good strong family support and all that and im not a threat to no one., but none of that matters for the state of florida they want to keep you in their website even if your registration obligation ended, so you and your family suffer for the rest of your life,., i have try to hire attorneys in florida, but no attorney wants to deal with this registry situation..!. by being on the registry in florida and not anywere else there are number of things that can make you fail as a productive member of society. What is the point of this florida registry?, none of the out of state offenders did the crime in florida, they just go there visit their families, help boost the economy in your state and this is how you guys treat people that made one mistake in their lifes!!.

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