What Constitutes Sexual Battery in Florida?

Posted: September 5, 2017 | Categories: Sex Crimes

Per Florida Statute § 794.011, any type of sexual penetration or union committed without the other party’s consent constitutes sexual battery. The nature of the contact need not include intercourse. Non-consensual contact using a foreign object also qualifies for this charge. The severity of the penalties for this offense depends on a variety of factors,…


A Child Sex Sting in Polk County Has Netted Over 40 Arrests

Posted: February 15, 2017 | Categories: Sex Crimes

A two-month investigation focusing on child sex offenders has led to the arrests of 42 individuals in Polk County, Florida. The investigation was dubbed Operation Child Guardian. The Polk County Sherriff’s Office, the Department of Corrections Office of Probation and Parole, and State Attorney Brian Haas conducted the investigation. The 42 arrests include 18 arrested…


Sexual Offender vs. Sexual Predator: What’s the difference?

Posted: October 28, 2016 | Categories: Sex Crimes

Many people do not understand the difference between a sexual offender and a sexual predator, but there are several important distinctions that everyone should know. Sexual predator designations are harsher than sexual offender designations. What is the difference between sexual offenders and sexual predators? Florida Statutes define sexual offenders and sexual predators differently: Sexual offenders…


Florida Law Takes Effect Prohibiting Charging Minors with Prostitution

Posted: October 12, 2016 | Categories: Sex Crimes

The beginning of October 2016 brought several changes to Florida laws. In all, 26 different laws went into effect. Among these new laws is House Bill 545 which expands penalties for human trafficking and prohibits prosecutors from charging minors with prostitution. What changes does HB 545 make to Florida’s prostitution laws? As HB 545 takes…