TAMPA BAY, Fla. — Halloween is on Saturday, which means Tampa Bay area children could be going door to door asking for candy if their parents decide it is safe for them to do so despite the coronavirus pandemic. But do you really know who the stranger is behind the door your child is knocking on?
Although many law enforcement agencies encourage registered sex offenders and predators to leave their lights off and not decorate for the popular holiday, there are no certainties that they will listen.
Sex offenders and predators are required to register their permanent address with law enforcement. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement maintains a database with this information. Many of them continue to live among us after serving time.
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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 8,000 sex offenders and predators live in Tampa Bay neighborhoods, according to the database.
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