JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida State Rep. Janet Adkins, who represents District 11, which includes Nassau County and some of the Beaches, issued a statement on Cherish Perrywinkle's death.
Adkins talked of the need to reform the laws surrounding sexual offenders:
"The tragic events of last Friday underscore the challenge parents and families face in protecting our children and the vulnerable from the horrific acts committed by sexual predators. It is my intent to ensure that the Duval Delegation take action in reviewing the current laws that relate to sexual offenders and make the necessary changes to help ensure our children are protected from those that would cause them harm.
"Specific issues I plan to ask the delegation to examine include sentencing, community control, treatment, and housing options for those who are convicted sexual offenders. The danger these individuals pose to our children is unacceptable. We need to strengthen the framework that will ensure children and families are safe from those that would intend to harm our innocent children.
"As a mother of two school age children, nothing is more frightening than not knowing the whereabouts of your child. My heart is broken for the family of Cherish Perrywinkle and those she has left behind. I will be praying for Ms. Perrywinkle and her family in the days ahead, and I will work with my colleagues in the Florida House and Florida Senate to craft solutions that will help improve the safety of Florida's families and children."
First Coast News