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.
If you go to a shelter for #Irma, be advised: sworn LEOs will be at every shelter, checking IDs. Sex offenders/predators will not be allowed— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) September 6, 2017
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."