Can you be arrested for not reporting a sex crime in Jacksonville?

There are many sex crimes one can be arrested for in Jacksonville and all of Florida. In addition to committing the actual offense, you may be committing a crime if you don’t report a sexual battery (rape).

If you see the someone rape someone else and:

1. have reason to believe that you saw the commission of a rape;
2. have the present ability to get assistance for the victim by immediately reporting the sex crime to the police;
3. do not call the police;
4. you would not be threatened with any harm if you called the police;
5. you are not the husband, wife, grandparent, child, grandchild, sister, or brother of either the suspect or victim; and
6. you are not the victim,
you can be arrested for a first degree misdemeanor in Florida. This crime is punishable for up to one year in jail and a fine.

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