TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - 42 sex offenders have been arrested across the state for violating registration laws, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
FDLE says these arrests were apart of a month and a half-long investigation by them and the Investigative Support (EIS) Unit.
"The sex offender registration system is a critical tool in monitoring sex offenders and ensuring they are compliant with the terms of their release," said Sheriff David Shoar, president of the Florida Sheriffs Association. "Florida Sheriffs and deputies worked diligently during Operation Summer Heat to find and arrest offenders who sought to evade authorities. We are sending a very clear message: if you cannot follow sex offender registration laws, you will go to jail."
According to FDLE, the Florida Sex Offender Registry has been in place since 1997.
A list of all sex offenders in the state are publicly maintained online. The list can be seen here.