Deputies Say Signs Warning Community Of Man's Past Have Been Taken Down
BAKER COUNTY, Fla. -- Baker County deputies said Felix Torres is really trying hard to hide his past.
He's a registered sexual predator, arrested in 1997 and charged with sexual battery on a 1-year-old.
Deputies said they've put up a sign 10 times to warn neighbors about Torres, and all 10 times the sign was taken down.
The last two signs were put in his yard near the road in concrete. Deputies said the final straw was when they saw Torres in action removing the sign.
"He thinks he can circumvent the law and he can be the only one," Sheriff Joey Dobson said. "We have five predators in Baker County. All of them have signs in front of their houses, and he is no different. He is going to have a sign in front of his house."
Karen Balas, who lives with her children right next door to Torres, said she only knew about his record after she saw the sign in his yard, and she wants it back up.
"I wouldn't have known unless the sign was up. Nobody would have known," Balas said. "I think it's a good idea, I really do. I don't see why someone wouldn't keep them up. People should know that live in the neighborhood."
Dobson said people will know. He said another sign will go up next week, and it will also be placed in concrete.
"We have made the decision that the signs are the best way to notify the community," Dobson said. "We've done that for years and it's worked properly."
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