Rumor: 'Sexual predator' signs posted outside homes of sex offenders

Red reflective signs are being put outside the homes of convicted rapists and child molesters in a Florida county.

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Program adds another layer to state's mandate of keeping citizens informed

Concerned citizens in Bradford County, Fla., no longer need to search an online database to see if convicted sexual predators live in their neighborhoods.

Sheriff Gordon Smith took it upon himself to start placing red reflective signs with the offenders' names on the roadways outside houses of convicted sexual predators, First Coast News, the Daily Mail, Newser and other Florida news outlets reported. As of April 17, the sheriff's office had made 18 signs at $10 apiece.

Smith's office already had a system in place in which officers go door-to-door to warn neighbors when a sexual predator is moving in nearby. Residents also were given a heads up via Facebook notifications. According to the Daily Mail, however, if a new family was to move in after the notifications were sent out, the members may have no idea if a sexual predator was living next door.

John Goodman, a convicted sexual predator, was one of the first to have a sign put up outside his home. Despite having no knowledge of the sheriff's plan, Goodman told First Coast News he had no problem with it.

"I've done learned my lesson. I don't do things like that anymore," Goodman said.

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Amid the ongoing strife in Syria, the United Nations Security Council accused the embattled country's army and intelligence agency of a series of sex and assault crimes against women and children, The Washington Post, CBS News and other outlets reported. Al-Qaida in Mali and other African rebel movements also made the "name and shame" report drafted by Zainab Hawa Bangura, the U.N. chief's special representative for sexual violence in conflict.

 

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