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Date of Issue: April 19, 2007

Sex offenders leaves Island, Cortez

Concerned Island and Cortez parents might be breathing a little easier when their youngsters are out and about around Anna Maria Island.

In the past nine months, three convicted sex offenders registered with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have moved off the Island, while one such offender has vacated his Cortez premises.

A convicted sex offender who lived in the 1600 block of Gulf Drive North in Bradenton Beach has left the city, according to the FDLE Web site for convicted sex offenders, while another offender who lived on Spring Avenue in Anna Maria has also departed for the mainland.

Last September, the FDLE had listed a sex offender residing in the 200 block of Gladiolus Street in Anna Maria, but that listing proved erroneous and the offender had not lived at that address for several years, according to the latest FDLE sex offender address reports.

Bradenton Beach police had visited the sex offender on Gulf Drive on several occasions since he moved to the Island from Brandon last August and police were aware of his movements, Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said.

A convicted sex offender who moved to the 12000 block of Cortez Road West last summer is no longer at that address, but another convicted sex offender has moved into Cortez since then. The new Cortez offender lives in the 4500 block of 124th Street. He was convicted in 1991 of sexual battery by an adult on a victim under the age of 12 and for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 16.

Another convicted sex offender has lived in the 4200 block of 129th Street in Cortez for a number of years without incident.

Holmes Beach currently has two convicted sex offenders living in the city: one in the 600 block of Dundee Lane and another in the 6000 block of Flotilla Drive. Another convicted offender has lived in the 100 block of Ninth Street North in Bradenton Beach for several years.

All three of the convicted sex offenders currently residing on Anna Maria Island and the two in Cortez have completed their sentences and have been released from supervision. Florida law, however, requires that all convicted sexual offenders register their current address with the FDLE, even if they have completed their sentences or supervisory requirements.