Florida Sex Offender On The Run From Police After Removing GPS-Tracking Bracelet

Jacksonville’s citizens have many different ideas about how they feel they should run their lives, what sorts of activities they enjoy, and differ in actions they do in private. However, when one’s activities encroach on someone else’s dignity, the consequences can be costly. One in a situation like this should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected.

According to The Brevard Times, Palm Bay police say that Johnny Ray Morgan, a registered sex offender on probation, is on the run after removing the GPS ankle bracelet used to track him. Morgan was convicted in 1995 of sexual battery on a child under 12 which occurred in Brevard County, Florida. After his release from prison, Morgan was required to register with the county in which he resided. His last registered address is a homeless camp in a wooded area behind a Walgreen’s located at the intersection of Minton Road and Malabar Road SE in Palm Bay, Florida. imagesgpsbracelet.jpg

On average, 5% of convicted sex offenders will be rearrested for additional sex crimes within 3 years of being released from prison. When you consider the nature of these crimes and the fact that many may go unreported, the percentage may be much higher and the cost to victims staggering.

While the main tool for preventing Jacksonville sex offenses is incarceration, offender’s sentences average seven years with only half of that time actually being served. All states have sex offender registration programs that prohibit convicted sex offenders from living near areas where children are known to be in high numbers, such as public pools or parks, but with over half a million registered offenders in the U.S., enforcement can be a challenge.

Law enforcement agencies, with the help of groups advocating for victims’ rights, have started employing electronic monitoring programs to effectively monitor sexual offenders. These Offender monitoring programs come in the form of GPS tethers and GPS ankle bracelets and have proven to be an invaluable asset in the success of sex offender monitoring.

Many of the GPS trackers used for sex offenders are much more advanced than average trackers, and give officers the ability to monitor an offender from the moment they leave jail, regardless if they are indoors or outdoors. Pairing a single-piece monitoring device with web-based software, these ankle monitors uses active GPS and assisted GPS technology to track indoors, where GPS alone cannot reach. The offender must constantly keep the monitors charged. In this case, the homeless in the woods had to charge up Morgan’s monitor bracelet. Usually they will go to a library or a police substation to charge the monitor up.

Offender location and schedule profiles are available for the officer to view, indicating when offenders need to be in certain zones (such as at home or work) and which zones offenders must avoid (such as schools or parks). Officers are alerted when offenders are not where they should be or if they get too close to a forbidden zone. Most GPS tracking systems operate on a 24/7 basis, sending reports to officers from monitoring centers.

One in a situation such as this should obtain an experienced Jacksonville sex crimes defense attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights, defenses, and options are known and protected. One cannot fight this battle alone. With the help of an experienced attorney, one can be sure that this mistake will be whited out of one’s life and become a thing of the past.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source: Sex Offender On The Run From Palm Bay, The Brevard Times