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Are Child Predators a Threat in Your Neighborhood?

After the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case and what seems like an epidemic of crimes in Florida and nationwide, how concerned are you about child sex offenders living in your community?

The child sex abuse scandal at Penn State and last Friday's guilty verdict against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky have shed the national spotlight on child predators and sex crimes against kids.

But residents of Florida are unfortunately no stranger to these types of cases. There are the shocking and high profile incidents, like the 2005 murder of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford by a convicted sex offender in Citrus County. And there are the commonplace crime stories, like a Largo man who was , just a few weeks after he was accused of .

Even when they're caught before harming anyone, the seeming preponderance of would-be child predators can be staggering. A netted 31 arrests, including local businessmen, members of the military and others in well to do professions, who showed up at a house allegedly intending to have sex with children.

A sting operation earlier this month by the Polk County Sheriff's Office and state and federal authorities netted 38 men in a similar operation.

A search for sex offenders in your neighborhood can be even more alarming, especially for parents. A recent look at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's online database of registered sexual offenders and predators by county turned up 1,669 results in Hillsborough, 1,457 in Pinellas, 753 in Pasco, 387 in Sarasota and 369 in Manatee.

How concerned are you about child sex offenders in your community? Do you look up registered offenders in your neighborhood? Did the Sandusky case open your eyes to the issue of sexual abuse against kids? And why do there seem to be so many child sex crimes in Florida?

We want to know what you think. Post a comment below and join the discussion.

Shana Rowan June 25, 2012 at 03:12 PM
"Child predators" are a threat in every neighborhood, in every state in the country. When will a journalist be brave enough to stop with the fluff and expose the reasons why this type of crime continues to occur at the essentially the same rates over the last 25 years? It's because of the predator panic perpetuated and enabled by illuminati, who are too afraid to reveal how abysmally the registry and related legislation has failed to protect a single child or family. I am so sick of reading about how the Sandusky case illustrates the need to "talk about it." Yes, OF COURSE we need to talk about it, but not just the convenient parts! I think we all agree sexual abuse is wrong - now what are we going to do to STOP it?
Seminal Hites June 25, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Ban all RELIGIONS!!!!!
Chase YouBanks June 25, 2012 at 08:20 PM
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has one of their OWN command staff that was recently investigated by FDLE and was not charged, even though he got a young girl pregnant and coerced her into an abortion to save his job! He should be arrested like everyone else but is being spared because he is currently CAPTAIN of the Sheriff's Office ! How sad is this ? We cannot even allow our own law enforcement to protect our kids because THEY are ever kiddie molesters!
Sex Offender Issues June 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM
So do you know how many police officers in the state of Florida have been busted for a sex crime? A lot, from what we have documented on our blog. http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/search/label/%2FCrime-Police And you can see other public officials who have been busted here: http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2007/07/corruption-links.html
Quentin June 26, 2012 at 02:35 PM
There are also a lot of bloggers who are pedo bears also. Hmmm I wonder? you seem obsessed with it, spend a lot of time on it. Have you ever gone to Penn St.? been in the showers? I'd watch this guy.
Paul Ray June 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM
My following comments in no way condone or attempts to justify sexual predatory behavior or any kind, child or adult. I personally find it beyond disgusting that an adult would want to have sex with a child. But…. (you knew this was coming) had I wonder how many of these arrests in these stings would have occurred at all. Would the person arrested have acted on the opportunity if it were not offered by an adult law enforcement officer? I remember the case of John DeLorean where it was proved that had the FBI not offered to smuggle drugs in his imported Autos, then he would have acted on it, therefore entrapment. So I have to scratch my head and wonder aloud. That said and aside, I really have issues with believing that this is not a curable illness. Was there something in there pasts that caused an attraction? Arrested sexual/mental development? And, should society be allowed to strip these individuals (regardless of their heinous crimes) of their constitutionally guaranteed rights? Should we as a society embark the path of yet another example what appears to be a Salem Witch hunt?
Daryl Dixon June 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I think that these people that do this to children are sick, i think that they suffer from the early onset of a zombie virus and should be dispatched accordingly.
rick barasso June 28, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Go to youtube look up Doug Stanhope child preditor routine. There is a reason it's news! Have a little faith in your fellow man.
Valerie Parkhurst July 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Your blog is a nitemare SO Issues..you really need to put some money in it. Its slow to download ..wont open then jams up...I wouldnt open that blog on a dime..
Valerie Parkhurst July 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM
There is no blanket rate of recidivism ..groups like Shana's love to throw out the "low rate of recidivism" when in fact stats are based on the individual researchers protocol..but you can bank its no where near what the RSOL groups like to pass off.. The REAL RECIDIVISM STUDIES 1) One approach is to extrapolate a true crime rate from victimization surveys and compare that with reported crime, typically finding that roughly 90% of sex crimes go unreported. Some put the estimate even higher.. 2)One of the main problems with recidivism studies is that all studies measure it differently and define it differently," 3)One long-term study of sex offenders from Canada measured recidivism seven ways. The highest rate, 88.3%, included prior, undetected sexual offenses "confessed" by first-time convicts. 4)But Ohio Northern University criminologist Keith Durkin points to anonymous surveys in which sex offenders "admit to as many undetected offenses as the number for which they have been caught". He views 50% as a "conservative" estimate for recidivism. 5)Young, violent offenders who suffer from mental illness, use alcohol or drugs and target very young victims "outside their family" pose the biggest risk. kinda blows that 1994 RSOL 5% BS right out the window Uh?
Samuel Clemens July 21, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Stanhope has some of the best observations from a mindless drunk!!! Love the guy. Somewhat poignant, based on the recent events in CO: http://img.chan4chan.com/img/2010-09-03/1283549820779.jpg
Shaira Leah Gomez November 20, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I was a worrier mother of two kids. When I got married, we bought a house on a place where at first I didn't know, sex offenders are very rampant. So one day, while browsing on the internet, I found out a safety service for kids that has to be installed on phone. I reviewed their features and I find it interesting. I have this for 8 months now and we feel great and completely safe. when an emergency arises, my kids will just have to press the Panic button on their phone and they will get help from their loved ones immediately. It has a complete view of threat level and sex offenders on the area you are located. You can also their site for more information http://SafekidZone.com

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