A sexual offender accused of violating his probation by having contact with minors has been arrested and taken into custody by Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies after he allegedly admitted to being around children.
He also told authorities that an adult was always present during his contact with the minors.
The 46-year-old Gainesville man is forbidden to have contact with anyone younger than 18 until a risk assessment is completed, an expert recommendation is provided to the court, and the court approves contact.
The man was arrested on May 29. He arrived at the Marion County Jail on May 31 and was booked. Jail records show that he is being held without bail. His next court date is June 25.
The man was released in June 2017 after serving time for a sexual offense. He’s listed as a sexual predator on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement registry. He is on sexual offender probation until June 2027.
Anyone placed on probation in Florida is expected to abide by certain standards, including following all local, state, and federal laws, reporting to their probation officer, going to all required classes, testing, community service, and possibly pay related fines and fees. Additional criteria are enforced for certain offenders, such as those convicted of sex offenses.
Sexual offenders who are accused of violating probation need to seek legal help as soon as possible. Prosecutors and judges alike take probation violations quite seriously, especially when it comes to those labeled sex predators. You could be looking at jail time and many other serious criminal consequences.
For more information on sex offender probation violations in Florida, we encourage you to get in touch with our Florida Sex Crimes Attorneys at Whittel & Melton for a free consultation. Call us at 352-264-7800 or contact us online today.
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