TALLAHASSEE – Legislation that would improve prosecution of indecent exposure was signed into law by Governor DeSantis. HB 675 by Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) and Representative Amy Mercado (D- Orlando) improves the ability of law enforcement to investigate and act without delay to apprehend a suspect before they re-offend or escalate their acts.
“We know that when violators get away with this type of act, they often feel emboldened to continue,” said Stewart. “I would like to thank my colleagues for supporting this bill so we may give law enforcement the tools they need in order to stop this type of behavior.”
The bill creates a misdemeanor exception to allow an officer to make a warrantless arrest with probable cause. The bill also escalates penalties for repeat offenders, allowing for a more meaningful prosecution of individuals who show a pattern of this behavior.
“This bill helps to protect victims from sexual predators by providing law enforcement with the tools necessary to keep out community safe from dangerous individuals,” said Mercado.