Sexual predators’ photos to be posted in Tampa-area parks

Associated Press
Posted August 18 2005

TAMPA — Photographs of sexual predators registered in Hillsborough
County will be posted in public parks and recreation centers, officials
said.

County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to post the pictures and
other identifying information, and said they would consider extending the
policy to libraries and other buildings where children and teenagers
congregate.

Sheriff David Gee said the photos will deter predators from lurking in
areas that draw children.

Only the photos of those classified as sexual predators will be posted.

Posting the photographs of all 1,400 sex offenders registered in the
county “could become unmanageable,” Gee said.

Meanwhile, Miami-Dade County’s cable television channel will begin in
October airing the names, descriptions and pictures of sex offenders
wanted by police.

The listings are scheduled to follow each broadcast of the
county-produced English and Spanish-language news programs on the MDTV
cable channel.

Copyright © 2005, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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