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Sex Offenders Failing to Register

Detectives say it's likely a few of the men did not re-register because there are warrants out for their arrests on unrelated charges.

Leon County sheriff's DET David Knight spent the last two weeks going door to door with other detectives, making sure each of the 81 sex offenders the department is responsible for were in the right place.

DET Knight says, "Occasionally [we] have some that do not want us to be there, but for the most part they're cooperative and understand it's something they have to go through because of the choices they've made in their life."

In this round of address verifications, six men were not where they were supposed to be. The Sheriff's Office is hoping you can help find them.

SGT Chris Chase, LCSO spokesperson, says, "We do want the community to know that they are out there and we need to get them picked up."

Sex offenders and predators have to, under Florida law, update their driver’s license within 24 hours any time they change an address, and to keep track of their whereabouts, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement requires local law enforcement to check in on them at least once a year.

SGT Chris Chase adds, "We like to do the spot checks unannounced. We come in, we also keep the quarterly or semi-annual verifications, and we keep the file of this."

SGT Chase says they occasionally find offenders who have not re-registered like they have recently, and they make sure the community knows about it, because an informed community is a safe community.

It's a third degree felony to fail to re-register as a sex offender. If caught, the six men may go back to jail. If you know of the whereabouts of any of the men, you are asked to call the Leon County Sheriff's Office at 922-3300.


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