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HCSO adds detective to monitor growing number of sex offenders

Posted at 10:46 PM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 23:16:58-04

SPRING HILL, Fla. — A Tampa Bay sheriff's office is increasing efforts to track sex offenders and predators. 

We first reported last year about the Hernando County Sheriff's Office's push for more resources to monitor the growing number of offenders living in the county. 

HCSO recently added a second detective to solely focus on the county's sex offender registry. 

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According to Det. Tom Breedlove, there are 411 registered sex offenders and/or predators living in Hernando County. 

"We’re trying to keep the intelligence level or the threat level that we might encounter to a minimum," said Det. Breedlove. 

ABC Action News followed Det. Breedlove and a probation officer Wednesday conducting Halloween compliance checks. Offenders are not allowed to accept any children trick-or-treating, they are not allowed to have decorations in front of their home, the porch light must be turned off, and they have to abide by a 5 p.m. curfew. 

"I felt a lot safer knowing that they’re coming out doing their checks," said Kendall Suter, of Spring Hill. "Making sure people are registered, doing what they’re supposed to, they’re not bothering anybody.”