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Sweetwater spreading word about sexual predators


Special to the Miami Herald

To help keep its residents safe, Sweetwater has launched a campaign to raise awareness of sexual predators in the community.

City officials are including pictures of sexual predators who live in Sweetwater in quarterly residential newsletters and monthly e-newsletters. In addition, the city is broadcasting mug shots and addresses of sexual predators living in the city on Comcast channel 77.

Recently, Sweetwater police conducted their monthly sexual-predator visitation program. In 2005, the city passed a law that bans sexual predators from living within 2,500 feet from any place where children congregate.

Sweetwater’s rule is 1,000 feet more than state statute requires.

A $500 fine will be levied on any person who violates the Sweetwater law. A second violation calls for a $1,000 fine or 12 months’ imprisonment.

In Sweetwater, the law requires that persons leasing a residence in the city pass a background check. Failure to do so will result in a $1,500 fine for the owner of the residence and a $3,000 fine for subsequent violations. For more information, visit the FDLE Sexual Offenders and Predators registry at

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