Colony of Outcasts: Sex offenders find refuge in Fort Myers camp in the woods
A camp hidden off Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard is the only place in area some sex offenders have to go
Homeless sex offenders describes living in the woo...: After serving five years in federal prison for possessing child pornography, Lee Dugan says Lee County deputies directed him to a patch of wilderness in Fort Myers where other sex offenders have set up camp. Video by Guy Tubbs/news-press.com
Did you know?
What is a sexual offender?
There's a long list of qualifying offenses, such as sexual battery, lewd or lascivious behavior in front of someone under age 16 or an elderly or disabled adult, computer pornography and unlawful sexual activity with minors. What is a sexual predator?
A sexual predator is a person who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense. What are the registration requirements of a sexual offender?
They are required to report a litany of identifying information to their local sheriff's office including where they live even if they are homeless, employer information, and all email addresses and Internet identifiers. Sex offenders must complete a registration form at their office either twice or four times a year, depending on their offense. Sex offenders and predators must update their identification within 48 hours after any change in residence. They must maintain registration for the rest of their lives.
Information about where sexual offenders and sexual predators are living in the community can be found on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement public registry at offender.fdle.state.fl.us