TAMPA BAY, Fla. — School starts this week for hundreds of thousands of students across Tampa Bay.
That means children will once again be walking to school in neighborhoods where registered sex offenders live.
Currently, the state of Florida has more than 76,000 offenders and sex predators who were convicted of sex crimes in its statewide database.
Sex offenders are required to register their permanent address with law enforcement and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement maintains the database with this information.
2,000 more named have been added since ABC Action News last pulled the data in October.
According to the FDLE, the information posted about an offender in their database is not intended to indicate that any judgment has been made about the level of risk a particular offender may present to others, but rather to allow people to form their own risk assessments based on the offender's personal circumstances and conviction history.
More than 7,000 of them live in Tampa Bay neighborhoods, according to the database.
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