Saturday, April 13, 2013

FL - Marion Co. increasing sexual offender monitoring

Original Article

04/12/2013

MARION COUNTY - A trip to Ocala's Tuscawilla Park is supposed to be care-free, but Angela Emrick watches her young daughter's every move.

She's concerned about the 660 registered sex offenders and predators who live in Marion County. All of them are featured in a flyer published by the sheriff's office.

Now, detectives are being much more aggressive to find offenders who fail to report where they're living.

"That is a huge concern. I think about that a lot. Where they're at, if they're being tracked and monitored. I have a 4-year-old and it's a huge concern wherever we go," Emrick said.

Judge Cochran of the Marion County Sheriff's Office said the law is clear.

"If they're not doing what they're supposed to do, we're going to put them in jail," Cochran said.

Five have been put in jail since the sheriff turned up the heat April 1. Another four were put in jail Friday. The state wants the county sheriffs to visit each registered predator every three months and every offender once a year.

"Well, here at the Marion County Sheriff's Office we're going way beyond that. If it's a predator, we're knocking on their door once every 30 days," Cochran said.

Offenders will get visits every 90 days, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Moms at the park approve.

"It's important for them to be documented and verified. That's important," parent Stephanie Fire-Smith said.

"Someone's got to do it to keep us safe and our children safe. It's great that he's taking the initiative to do more," Emrick said.


4 comments :

Treborjo said...

Now, detectives are being much more aggressive to find offenders who fail to report where they're living.

"That is a huge concern. I think about that a lot. Where they're at, if they're being tracked and monitored. I have a 4-year-old and it's a huge concern wherever we go," Emrick said.





Wow, talk about hysteria! Just because you know where they live doesn't mean you know where they are when they're not at home! Someone should tell this lady her kid has a better chance of choking to death on it's binki than being molested in the park by a stranger!

Mark said...

Angela Emrick. You would think with all types of crimes happening everywhere, the Marion County police would be concerned over that. Instead, they the police are going to waste precious resources so that Angela will feel safe(er.). Now there is logic here!

tom said...

Maybe she should move?! Go some place you feel safe then!

unforgiven said...

And how about those that has been falsely accused and wrongfully convicted with out any evidence at all And put on the hate list. And nobody hears there cry for help and justice? I ask what is the justice system doing about that? or are they turning a blind eye to the injustice that a lot of citizens are facing now a days with out end. when will they really step up and defend the freedom of the people? and unite everybody not separate them also stop humiliating and harassing human beings that are convicted with these charges. we need to act humane and not jump to conclusions because maybe its you next on the hate list!