PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. –
“Ok cool, can we make love in the shower?” “Can we use cooking oil for lube? I heard that works too.” “What happens is up to us, we own our own destiny.”
Real messages, sent from middle aged men in Okeechobee and St. Lucie County to police officers posing as 15- year-old girls.
The two are now convicted sex offenders, but still have Facebook profiles.
This comment: “You so sexy I just really want to get to know you better,” was posted on a young girl’s picture, taken off a Fort Pierce man’s Facebook, years after he was convicted of sex battery against a victim under 15.
“The internet is a very attractive place for bad guys to go out and try to victimize people,” says Port St. Lucie Officer Justin Kerns. “The major concern is, there is no cure, for what they’ve done. So it’s always a concern that they’re going to reoffend.”
Florida law doesn’t allow sex offenders and predators on social media, unless they register those accounts, called internet identifiers with the state. Internet identifiers are anything from email addresses, to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts, and even online dating profiles. The minute a new account is created, they have 48 hours to do so.
If they don’t register, “it’s a third degree felony, it’s punishable by up to 5 years in prison.”