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Law Enforcement Officials Team Up to Verify Compliance of Sex Offenders and Predators in Northeast Florida

6/13/2008
 

Law enforcement officials with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Department of Corrections (DOC) 4th and 7th Circuits and the St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler, Duval, Clay and Nassau County Sheriff’s Offices teamed up this week to verify the compliance of 168 sexual offenders and predators. Three registered sexual offenders determined not to be in compliances were arrested during the operation. The proactive joint effort was a spot check of sexual offenders/predators similar to those conducted by local law enforcement agencies throughout the year.

Arrested during the operation were:

Spencer Blue, 22, of Fernandina Beach, for cocaine distribution, possession of a weapon/ammo by a convicted felon, violation of parole, and possession of narcotics equipment. He was booked into the Nassau County Jail.
Kristafer J. Nichols, 28, of Bunnell, for violation of parole and possession of pornographic materials. He was booked into the Flagler County Jail.
Andre D. Chaplin, 32, of St. Augustine, for failure to register. He was booked into the St. John’s County Jail.

In addition, William Sizemore, 26, of Jacksonville, was arrested for violation of conditional release and booked into the Nassau County Jail.

Special Agent in Charge Dominick Pape of FDLE’s Jacksonville Region said, “Joint efforts such as this benefit our communities. Teaming with the DOC and county sheriff’s offices to confirm that offenders and predators on probation are residing at the address they have most recently provided is one means of assuring that sexual offenders and predators are where they say they are.”

“State probation officers working in partnership with local law enforcement officials is one of the best ways to keep our communities safe,” said Department of Corrections Assistant Secretary of Community Corrections Bruce Grant. “I thank those involved in this effort.”

Sexual offenders and predators are required by law to report in person to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) within 48 hours of establishing a temporary or permanent residence or of any changes in their temporary or permanent address. State law requires that offenders and predators report to DHMSV to obtain an updated or renewed driver’s license or identification card displaying the designation: “943.0435, F. S” or “775.21, F.S.” Sexual predators and offenders must also register in person with their local sheriff’s office either two or four times a year, depending on their offense and designation. Failure to comply is a third-degree felony.

In March, FDLE and local law enforcement partners unveiled a new and innovative feature on Florida’s Sexual Offender/Predator Registry Web site. Citizens can now sign up to receive e-mail alert notifications when a registered sexual offender or predator moves into their neighborhood or within a radius of any other designated location. Citizens can also opt to track address changes reported by selected registered offenders or predators. The service is offered statewide and at no charge. To access the system, visit www.flsexoffender.net.

For more information, contact:

Sharon Gogerty
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Jacksonville
(904) 360-7100