New Search Tool Pinpoints Sex Offenders On College Campuses

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By: Emily Johnson
October 10, 2013

Tallahassee,FL - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has unveiled a new way for people to find registered sex offenders on college campuses. The search option is called "University Search" and can be found by going to the FDLE website and clicking on the Offender Search.

"It will search for people for registered sex offenders who are working, enrolled or volunteering on a university campus or a higher education institution in Florida," said Gretl Plessinger, FDLE Spokesperson.

The "University Search" for this area found that there are one registered sex offenders for FSU and FAMU, but 12 for Tallahassee Community College.

TCC Police said registered sex offenders must meet with campus representatives before they can enroll in classes. "We reach an agreement with them and we monitor their behavior while they're here," said David Hendry, TCC Police Chief.

Students at TCC had mixed feelings about finding out there are 12 registered sex offenders on campus with them.

"That kind of shocks me a little bit, knowing that there's 12 of them around here, because I didn't know there could be that many in an area. It's surprising," said Kiet Duong, TCC Student.

"I feel that as the student body we should be notified that there on campus to protect us. I mean I don't have anything against them, but I would like to be notified just to know," said Tiana Brown, TCC Student.

"I mean it's weird and it kind of bothers me, but at the same time you don't know what they were charged with and if they really did it," said Carina Manent, TCC Student.