|Published:||Oct 15, 2010 2:45 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 14, 2010 9:59 PM EDT|
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Newspaper headlines capture the nightmare Sandy Santiago has live since a sex offender raped and murdered her 19 year old daughter in 1999.
More than a decade later, Sandy, who live in Port Charlotte, has never been more determined to keep sex offenders out of Charlotte County.
"They can't be monitored enough. They don't wear a Scarlett letter. They hide", she said.
Santiago says she wants all sex offenders to be held to toughest laws, not just the ones who commit crimes against children. She also wants the Sheriff's Office to check on offenders at least once a month. Currently, checks are made two or three times a year.
"What does it take? Another child, another woman? Somebody else being murdered, abducted, kidnapped or raped before the rest of Charlotte Co. says we need to do something", Santiago warns.
Punta Gorda Police already make checks once a month and since they started, more than a dozen registered sex offenders have moved out of the city and into the surrounding county.
Commissioner Bob Starr says he favors stricter laws, but will wait on the county attorney to decide whether the commission should take up a new ordinance.
As for a stricter monitoring program, only the Sheriff's Office can make such a decision.