Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, FL, plans to prevent sex offenders and people with criminal warrants from sharing hurricane shelters with the public. (Photo: Polk County SO)

Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, FL, plans to prevent sex offenders and people with criminal warrants from sharing hurricane shelters with the public. (Photo: Polk County SO)

As Florida readies itself for Hurricane Irma, one Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has warned sex offenders against going to shelters.

The sheriff said in a series of tweets on Wednesday that sex offenders seeking refuge at hurricane shelters will be turned away and that those who have a warrant will be taken to jail, Time reports.

Judd defended his decision as people online lobbed criticism: "We cannot and we will not have innocent children in a shelter with sexual offenders & predators."

 

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