Legislative auditors reported late last week that nearly 29, registered sex offenders and predators now reside in the state. That's an increase of 53 percent since Orange County, home to Orlando, had the highest total number of sex offenders and predators in the state with 2, Sex offenders and predators are people who have been convicted of certain sexual offenses.
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Sex offenders are required to register with local sheriffs once they leave prison or are placed on supervision. Legislative auditors noted that the state's registry lists more than 73, sexual offenders and predators, but the majority of them do not live among the public in Florida. Instead, many of them live in other states or have been sent back to prison.
Number of sexual offenders, predators increases in Florida
Auditors stated that the typical registered sex offender in Florida was a white, middle-aged male -- 75 percent of those on the registry were white, followed by African-Americans at 24 percent. The report includes a county-by-county breakdown showing that urban counties had the highest overall number of sex offenders.
Orange County, which is in central Florida and home to Orlando, had the highest total with 2,, followed by Duval County in northeast Florida with 2, registered offenders. Two smaller rural counties, Dixie and Gadsden, had the highest percentage of offenders on a per capita basis. Dixie is in north central Florida on the state's Gulf Coast, while Gadsden is west of the state capital.
In Florida, a preson who is convicted of the following offenses must register as a sexual offender, according to FDLE :. A sexual predator is someone who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense and has a written court order designating them a sexual predator.