Watch the video “19-Year-Old Fights to Be Taken Off Sex Offender Registry” at https://youtu.be/lygigiCJu2o
ABC News report about Zach Anderson, who had consensual sex with a girl he met on a dating app who told him she was 17, but she was just 14.
Discussion: Sex offender registries are supposed to protect the society from sex offenders.
Research your state’s sex offender registry and determine what type of offenders are included, what they can and cannot do, and under what criteria they can be removed from the list.
Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the sex offender registry.
Research what eventually happened in Anderson’s case. Do you agree with the outcome?
Florida’s sex offender registry is one of the most restrictive one in the country. It classifies the offenders enlisted as either sexual predators or sexual offenders. Sexual predators are the more dangerous of the two classifications. The crimes under these two designations include kidnapping, sexual performance by a child, computer pornography, and sexual misconduct among others. An individual listed in this registry has restrictions on where one can live or work after serving the court sentence. In fact, any offender who has committed a sexual offense against a minor who is 16 years or younger cannot be within 1000f feet of a school, playground or school bus stop. Similarly, one cannot volunteer in an environment where children are present regularly.
The stipulations in Florida regulations do not have a provision for the removal of a sexual predator from the registry. However, a sexual offender can request to be deleted from the registry if one has received a full pardon. Also, a petition could be filed if one has been listed for at least 25 years without any recorded cases of felony or misconduct…