Don’t Travel to Florida

By Daytona…

Don’t travel to Florida,as I found the hard way.Bottom line is I didn’t do
my homework.
I’m a level 1 living in Mass. In 2015 I made a decision to move to Florida
and retire there.I had lived in Mass all my life without any trouble with the
law. Its been 30 years since my sentencing.There was no Registry then,but I
still had to appear before a local PD to be processed,Finger printed,and
mug shots taken each year till 2000-2001.the Mass.registry was then formed,and I have been on it since.I was given a Level 1 Classification in
2003.I petitioned to have my name removed but was denied.
I had lived quietly alone in the country,and was never bothered.the only
people who knew about my status was the people involved with my
arrest and conviction.
I was contacted by an old girlfriend i knew 40 years ago who lived in
Florida. I made the decision to visit her and see if we could live together.
This is where I went wrong.I had become complacent with my life.
I wasn’t up on all the changes that had happened,Adam Walsh act,SORNA,etc.And Florida’s harsh SO laws.
Off I went after contacting Mass SO registry I was leaving and
headed to my unfortunate demise.
I knew I had an obligation to Register in Florida and as soon I
got there Contacted the local FDLE office.To my surprise I was told there
was no levels in Florida and my name would go public. I wasn’t aware
of how bad things would get for me.I didn’t do my homework!
Three days after moving in with my girlfriend we were called to the
housing complex office where she lived.I was told to leave,I was being
evicted. FDLE had sent emails to the community stating where I was
living. I was furious and went the FDLE office.Only then did I Realise the
mistake I had made by coming to Florida.
I lived in hotels for a couple of weeks, I then called a LIfe-long friend
that lived in Tallahassee and asked if I could stay with him till I figured
out what I was going to do.
I had to now re-register in Leon county,Be re-booked and get another
Florida license.(Re-booked,fingerprinted again and detained for 3 hours}.
After the 2nd week of staying with my friend,he told me he had a visit
from his neighbor, who was a self-appointed crime watch mayor of the
neighborhood. He was told FDLE had again emailed the community
with my ID, and I should leave, I wasn’t wanted there.
Truth being,this was the lowest time of my life,I wanted to end it all.
I had a good friend who I contacted that helped me through this
terrible time.
I left Florida, and never looked back.I came back to Mass. re-registered
again as a Level 1. But Florida wasn’t done with me yet.Because I did
register in Florida my name & ID was out in the public domain now.
I’m a level 1 in Mass. which means my name & ID cannot be given out,
only if requested through along process,and yet I’m in the public domain,
on SORNA, and I never was there before.
Now I wait,after 30 years of this BS for something to happen to me in Mass. as it did to me in Florida.


  1. First of all, wow and WOW! Much respect for your story and for you keeping it together all this time. It’s a battle for sure…keep it together and stay with it.

    Society doesn’t know what they’ve enabled with the laws they’ve blindly enacted. Most just see cover stories (ie John Walsh) and they think there’s a movement in victim’s rights that they need to pick a side on. Hardliners on both sides of politics know it’s an easy platform to run on. They built the system to completely pin down an individual.

    The system also ensures that the policies in place can survive term after term. People easily unite and vote to pass these seemingly well meaning laws on the surface but the average voter doesn’t care to read about the underlying mechanisms that they’re agreeing too so long as it “cleans up the streets”. Which, again, is an easy platform to run on.

  2. So sorry this happened to you. I won’t even visit florida. Their 3 day registration trigger is especially ridiculous.

    1. I’m pretty sure florida requires registration after only 2 days. And then two days after that, you have to get a “special” license or ID. Yes, avoid Florida; it’s the worst. In so many ways. Nevada also has a two day limit BTW. I spent a summer in Louisiana, and it too was horrific. Just don’t go.

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