sexual predators

Parents worried about their kids’ safety this Halloween can download a free mobile app that will tell them if there are any sexual predators living in the area where they plan to go trick-or-treating.

The Florida Senate's telemedicine bill, which is less onerous to the Florida Medical Association than the House bill,  swiftly became a target for critics during a committee appearance Tuesday morning. Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, threw on a number of amendments to stanch the bleeding.

Sex-Predator Crackdown Approved

Mar 13, 2014

Bills aimed at keeping violent sexual predators behind bars unanimously passed in Florida’s House Wednesday, closing dangerous loopholes that set free offenders who then molested, raped and murdered more children.

One issue Democrats noticed was left out in Gov. Rick Scott’s State of the State address on Tuesday: Medicaid expansion.

As the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports, Democratic responses from Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, and House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, chastised Scott for not supporting the acceptance of federal money to expand Medicaid to low-income Floridians.

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Doctors, psychologists and other mental-health experts who serve as expert witnesses in sexual predator cases have charged Florida taxpayers more than $26 million the past 14 years.

A 1999 law designed to keep offenders with mental abnormalities beyond their prison term has created a financial boom for expert witnesses, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

The administrator of Florida’s Sexually Violent Predator Program resigned Thursday after reporters from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel raised questions about his record and views he expressed about the importance of liberty, even for sex offenders.

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Florida men accounted for a large contingent of the 255 arrested in a nationwide crackdown on predators who use the Internet to draw children into pornography, the  Orlando Sentinel reports. 

One of the men was from a Sanford-based missionary group. Three of the child victims were from Florida.