News About Florida Sex Offender Registry
More than a dozen registered sex offenders have listed a Central Florida Walmart as their home address.
Most people know they can go to the state database and search your home address to find if any sex offenders live nearby. However, it may not occur to people that they search the addresses where they shop.
A total of 17 sex offenders, seven of them predators, list the Walmart in Cocoa as their home.
Most of those who listed Walmart as their home address live in a homeless encampment adjacent to the store, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said.
In Orlando, 13 sex offenders list the intersection of John Young Parkway and Princeton Street as home. There’s a Walmart there, and like Cocoa, a homeless camp across the street.
In a written statement, a corporate spokesman for Walmart said “It’s disappointing to know that law enforcement allows convicted felons to use our store as their proximity address. We disagree with such a practice and must refer any other questions to police.”
Tuesday at 11 p.m. reporter Amanda Ober asks law enforcement why sex offenders can register stores as their home, and finds out what can be done to change the registration process.