For Sex Offenders, Registry Gives Incomplete Picture


Daniel Persichini groped a 29-year-old woman at a clothing-optional music festival. Frederick Irizarry raped a 12-year-old boy at least 50 times during a two-month period. But Florida’s sex offender Web site paints equally heinous portraits of both suburban Boca Raton men, reports the Palm Beach Post.

That’s because the online registry of Florida’s 35,000 sex offenders does not provide details about their crimes. The Web site, maintained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, describes Persichini’s crime as “Sex Offense – Other (Criminal Sexual Condcut (sic) Of The 4th Degree – State of Michigan).” It cites Irizarry’s offense as “Sex Batt/Coerce Child by Adult.” The registry also doesn’t give the age and gender of the offender’s victim, even though the agency has that information. Nor does it give the date and place of the offender’s conviction, or occupation and place of employment. “It’s pure hell,” said Persichini, 43, a stock trader. “People instantly assume you’re a pedophile.”


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