A review of sex offenders in two Florida counties found only three who might qualify, the Orlando Sentinel reported. None of those offenders have asked a judge to remove the designation. There are more than 43, men and women registered as sex offenders or sexual predators in Florida. The offenders must keep their addresses updated, are barred from living close to schools and their photos are easily accessible on law enforcement Web sites. Many prosecutors, defense attorneys and state lawmakers agreed the state needed to make a clearer distinction between teen lovers and sexual predators.
Nancy Argenziano, the Crystal River Republican who sponsored the bill "I have no compassion for sexual predators, but on the other hand.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Anthony Croce of St Petersburg is the only person so far to qualify for removal from Florida's registry of sex offenders under the law nicknamed for William Shakespeare's famous star-crossed teen lovers. Underage sex is still a crime in Florida, but the law which went into effect in July allows a judge to remove the sex offender designation in certain cases.
The victim in the case must be between 14 and 17, a willing participant in the sexual activity and no more than four years younger than the offender. The offense must be the only sex crime on the offender's record.
Croce was P when he started having sex with his year-old girlfriend, but her mother pressed charges after he turned Croce pleaded no contest to lewd and lascivious behavior, which required him to register as a sex offender. Klokis has been skinning gators for more than 14 years and prepares the hide and meat for resale to commercial outlets around the world.
One of her bosses calls her "a goddess of gator cleaning. She works for Curtis Lucas and Dan Ellis, who as members of the Florida Alligator Trappers Association hunt mostly nuisance animals under contract with the state. Turning to the next step in cleaning the 7-foohinch, pound creature splayed across the stainless stqA table, Klokis uses her.
About four days a week, Klokis drives 90 minutes from her home in Oak Hill to clean beasts up to 14 feet long. She cleans between 25 and 30 of the reptiles per week. She tenderizes and bags the meat and packs the bags into 5-pound boxes for shipment to restaurants in Volusia County and throughout the country. And she does a great job of it, says Ellis: The former fast-food restaurant worker and grocery store employee said she was surprised when she pulled up to the address and did not see any stores.
I touched the carcass and poked at the gator's eyes," Klokis says. Later, "they called me and per foot for cleaning it" According to the Web site alligatorskindirect. Along with the money, Klokis says she enjoys interesting conversations when people ask what she does for a living. She also does taxidermy work on alligator heads in the winter when hunting slows down.
Engaged to be married in October, Klokis is also teaching her fiance the skill of gator cleaning, which she doesn't plan to give up anytime soon. She was skinning two or three gators faster than I was. Their income comes solely from selling the meat and hides. She cleans about feet of gator per week.
Officials failed to see group home's filth State and local authorities visited an unlicensed South Florida adult group home numerous times before discovering a year-old woman covered in filth and maggots in May, a newspaper reported Sunday.
On Wednesday, the home's operator, Rosy Younger, 46, pleaded guilty to charges of neglect and operating a group home without a license. She was sentenced to time served in jail, five years' probation and barred her from working with elderly or disabled people. Younger was supposed to supervise the tenants, but was living with her boyfriend, authorities said. The Palm Beach County sheriffs deputies responded to the home 44 times for a variety of calls in the six months before it was closed on May 24, but did not note unsatisfactory conditions, The Palm Beach Post reported Sunday.
A Department of Children and Families investigator also found no signs of neglect RIVIERA BEACH 3 missing children found in home; couple charged Three missing children were found in the home of a couple, who did not contact the siblings' mother and may have given them alcohol, authorities said. Rose Anne Brown, Riviera Beach police spokeswoman. The children were reported missing by their mother, who lives nearby, and they may have been in the apartment for three days, police said.
Police acted on an anonymous tip of suspicious activity Friday. John Gomes, 45, and his wife, Angela Ostrum, 46, were charged with interference with custody, lewd exhibition on juveniles under 16 years of age and contributing to the delinquency of minors. Gomes is suspected of walking around in front of the children wearing dresses or only his underwear, police said. Police also believe the couple gave the children, aged between 10 and 13, alcoholic drinks.
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