By Glenna Milberg
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY - Despite a state registry to track sex criminals, and local laws to separate them from kids, countless offenders are currently listed as transient -- all but untraceable by the officers tasked with tracking them.
- Not all ex-offenders have harmed kids or ever will, but leave it up to the media to make it look as if all ex-offenders are child molesting, pedophile predators who are just waiting behind a bush for a kid to come along!
"Officers do address verification," said Miami-Dade Police Department Major Eleasa Thompson, of the Special Victims Bureau. "It's a concern when we go and they say they live under a bridge and we go to that bridge and they're not there."
- So are you expecting them to stay under the bridge 24/7 just waiting for you to come by?
Thompson admitted to Local 10 that there are criminals they simply cannot find.
"This is absurd," said Commissioner Pepe Diaz. "There's no way this can happen, because it circumvents all our laws."
- No, your laws are absurd and unconstitutional!
Diaz led Wednesday's unanimous vote to take a demand to close the loophole to the state -- to require real addresses from sex predators or 24/7 GPS monitoring and felony penalties if they fail to comply, even from those who claim they are homeless.
"They claim they are transient," said MDPD Sgt. Roger Irvine. "We have to take their word for it. We register them 'transient.'"
"People who are not truly homeless are using transient license to avoid monitoring as a predator offender," said Assistant County Attorney Jesse McCarty.
- That is your opinion!
The sex offenders are circumventing the law. The surprise and anger are evident with criminals self-listing as transient.
"Anybody who is a sexual predator wears a bracelet, one of those GPS and we'll know exactly where they are," said Commissioner Javier Souto. "No ifs, buts or maybes."
Wednesday night, state corrections acknowledged the transient listing is an issue and is considering solutions.