Reports : Sexual Predator/Offender Registration and Notification
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires colleges and universities to issue a statement advising the campus community where state law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders/predators may be obtained. The act also requires registered sex offenders/predators to provide to appropriate state officials notice of each institution of higher education in that state at which the offender/predator is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student.
In accordance with Florida State Statute 775.21 (“The Florida Sexual Predators Act”) and Florida Statute 943.0435, convicted sex offenders in Florida must register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) within 48 hours of establishing permanent or temporary residence. The FDLE makes information concerning the presence of registered sexual offenders/predators available to local law enforcement officials and the public. It is then the responsibility of the county sheriff or the municipal police chief to make required notification to all community members of the presence of predators (only) in a manner deemed appropriate by the sheriff or police chief. It is the responsibility of the county sheriff to notify the university if an offender or predator is enrolled, employed, or carrying on a vocation at the university. The USF St. Petersburg Police Department is required to inform members of the campus community where to obtain information about such offenders/predators.
Obtaining Sexual Predator/Offender Area Information
If you wish to obtain further information regarding sexual offender/predators in our area you may contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Sexual Predator/Offender Tracking Unit at (727) 582-7768, or the FDLE Sexual Predator/Offender Tracking Unit at 1-888-357-7332.
In addition, FDLE has provided the following searchable database that may be used to find all registered sexual predators and offenders who are enrolled, employed, or volunteering at an institute of higher education.