Under Florida law, not all sex offenders are sexual predators. A court is required to make a specific finding that an offender is a sexual predator before that offender can be officially designated as a sexual predator and become subject to Florida’s sexual predator restriction and notification requirements.
A sexual offender is an individual who meets one or more of a number of criteria, including but not limited to:
- Kidnapping where the victim is a minor and the defendant is not the victim’s parent or guardian.
- False imprisonment where the victim is a minor and the defendant is not the victim’s parent or guardian.
- Human trafficking
- Sexual battery
- Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors
- Procuring a person under the page of 18 for prostitution
- Lewd/lascivious offense committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age.
- Sexual performance by a child
In the State of Florida, repeat sexual offenders, sexual offenders who use physical violence and sexual offenders who prey on children are “sexual predators” who present an extreme threat to public safety.
Sex offenses in Florida are punishable by prison, probation and fines. A person convicted of sex offenses would also be required to comply with the sexual offender registration laws in Florida and throughout the United States.
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