JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- an ext than 40,000 registered sex offenders live in Florida at this time. While you may have actually looked at a sex offender registry to watch if any are living near your neighborhood, they can be living in a location you might not have actually checked.

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Josh Furlow is the dad of 2 young children. He and also his wife had actually no idea two predators, including one convicted of molesting a child, and two sex criminal were noted as having permanent addresses in ~ a motel in ~ walking street of the motel they just checked into.

"It scares me since I don"t do my research study as i should and we have two kids and also that definitely scares me. I understand they have to have a place to live but I don"t know. I think many hotels should have actually a policy possibly on that," claims Tara Furlow.

In Florida, over there is no state legislation prohibiting sex offenders from living in motels or hotels as long as those compelled to live a certain distance from places like schools and also day cares do so.

Fallon Lantz, a mommy of two, is staying at the country Hearth Inn close to the airport. She says one sex offender lives simply a few doors away from her room.

A male who established himself as the motel"s new owner did not want to talk on camera, yet confirmed to first Coast News the sex offenders space living on his property. He says the sheriff"s department has called asking if there space rooms available for freshly released sex offenders, and also when they relocate in he says fliers space handed out notifying guests.

"I came residence from work-related one morning and there were fliers posted at every room," claimed Travis Lantz. "The flier indicated there was a sex offender, and also it had a picture of sex offender and listed the violation committed. It to be weird to find out."

The Jacksonville Sheriff"s Office provided FCN through a "Sex Offender Residential resources Listing" the shows places that will residence sex offenders.

"The list of available hotel/motels for subjects re-entering is compiled by the department of Corrections. The list is then forwarded come the Re-Entry Specialist at JREC (Jacksonville Re-entry Center). These individuals use the list together a referral point/resource to advise only of feasible available locations for short-lived or irreversible housing. The topic is responsible because that picking their own place for themselves. Again, the list is just for informational objectives to the topic re-entering society," said Officer Christian Hancock through JSO.

In Duval county the list contains Country Hearth Inn, a finest Western Inn in Baldwin and The Monterey Inn Motel on new Kings Road. The Monterey Inn Motel is where FCN uncovered a judge sex offender who agreed to talk to us.

When asked how the sex offender ended up at the hotel the said, "The room of correction recommended it."

At finest USA Inn top top Jacksonville"s Northside, six sex criminal were noted in FDLE"s sex offender it is registered as having actually the inn together their permanent address, which incorporate five convicted of crimes entailing children. As soon as we stopped by us spotted more than one boy playing outside.

Best USA Inn Assistant Manager Kathy rock said, "We have signs the say keep your eyes on her kids, but there is not much we deserve to do."

Sex offenders are required to inform the sheriff"s department of their new address in ~ 48 hours, however JSO says it is only forced to verify sex offenders" addresses once a year, throughout their birthday month, unless they move.

In Duval County, Hancock claims a sex offender is not compelled to let hotels/motels know that they space a registered sex offender.

First coastline News uncovered sex offenders living in motels throughout the state, consisting of some near renowned tourist destinations. Simply a few miles from global Studios in Orlando a sex offender convicted of a lewd act v a child provided his resolve at a quality Inn according to FDLE"s it is registered the day us looked. Twenty-four sex offenders listed the Parkwood Inn in Orlando as their permanent resolve in FDLE"s registry in April 2014.

"Keep her eyes on your kids. Don"t let them play out. Keep an eye on her kids, simply don"t allow them operation freely. It"s not safe anywhere," claimed Stone.

First because that you, in participation with our news partner, the Florida Times-Union, you can check this database that sex criminal who have actually registered addresses at motels and hotels in Florida.


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