A law enforcement ‘Halloween’ operation led investigators to arrest a total of 16 sexual predators and sexual predators.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit, along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, conducted a Halloween sexual offender/predator compliance initiative during the month of October 2021.
The operation was aimed at ensuring compliance with Florida’s registration laws for convicted sex offenders and sex predators within Polk County*.
Detectives charged 16 suspects with failure to comply with sex offender registrations laws and/or violation of probation.
“Our detectives work hard year-round to keep track of convicted sexual offenders and predators who reside in Polk County to ensure they remain compliant with the law. Our community is concerned about predators and offenders being around children, and rightly so, especially during events and holidays like Halloween. That is why every year we conduct initiatives like this one. These 16 suspects learned the hard way that we take every one of the requirements seriously, and failure to comply will result in an arrest,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
There are 1,255 Sexual Offenders and 142 sexual predators registered in Polk County. These offenders and predators are checked every quarter by Polk detectives to ensure they are in compliance with Florida’s sexual offender/predator registration laws.
The state requirement is for a check to be completed at least once a year. During the initiative Polk County Sheriff’s Office SVRT detectives accomplished the following:
- Compliance checks conducted: 334
- Compliance checks – in compliance: 316
- Compliance checks – not in compliance: 18
- Hours dedicated to this operation: 195
- Arrests: 16
- Warrants issued: 2
During the third quarter of 2021 (July, August, September) preceding October, detectives arrested 29 Sex Offenders or Predators for various violations and confirmed compliance for 1,255 sex offenders and 142 sex predators.
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