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09/06/2013

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Sarasota News Leader September 6, 2013 Page 73 After he walked up to the car, the report says, the deputy noticed Rodriguez "making erratic hand movements in the area of the center console." Once Torrella had given verbal consent for deputies to search the vehicle, the report continues, a deputy found multiple cut-up credit cards in the area where he had seen Rodriguez making the hand movements. Torrella is charged with 29 counts of Possession of Personal Identification with Intent to Use, two counts of Criminal Use of Personal Identification and one count of Trafficking in Fraudulent Credit Cards. Rodriguez is charged with three counts of Criminal Use of Personal Identification, one count of Trafficking in Fraudulent Credit Cards, Possession of a Counterfeit Driver's License, Tampering with Evidence and Obstruction. Alfredo Torrella/Contributed photo NEW INITIATIVE NOTIFIES THE PUBLIC OF SEX OFFENDERS/PREDATORS The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is launching a new initiative to notify residents more publicly of sex offenders and predators who register a local address for the first time the office announced Sept. 5. When a sex offender or predator is released from jail or prison, or moves to a new address, the person must register with the Sarasota County Jail, a news release points out. When an offender registers in Sarasota County for the first time, the Sheriff's Office will issue a press release, publish it on its website and post a notification to the agency's Facebook page, "which will include the person's mug shot in a distinctive graphic that should become recognizable to residents," the release says. ator moves into this county and where they plan to live," said Sheriff Tom Knight in the release. "We do this to keep people informed of potential dangers and to provide them with the information they need to accurately understand the situation." In addition to including residential information, the release will state when the person's crime occurred, provide context about the case, note the sentence the person received, explain whether the person has been declared a sex offender or predator and list whatever restrictions the person has been accorded by the judicial system. The Sheriff's Office still recommends that people sign up for sex offender alerts from the "We want citizens to know when someone Florida Department of Law Enforcement or who has been labeled a sex offender or pred- by clicking here.

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