Ocala, Florida — In November 2014, there were 159 sexual offenders and predators required to register in Marion County, Florida. During that time, only 149 complied with state requirements; leaving 10 unaccounted for.
Eight of the non-compliant registrants finally reported to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on December 1, 2014; leaving two that had not re-registered.
Florida statute 943.0435 (14b) states that a person must register two times per year — during the month of the offenders birth and during the six month following their birth — or four times per year — once during the month of the offenders birth and every third month thereafter, depending on the offense and designation to the sheriff’s office in the county in which the offender resides.
Failure to report this information is a third degree felony.
Albert Russell Donaldson, 49, was one of the offenders that had not re-registered. He was convicted of Sexual Intercourse with a Minor in New York on February 3, 2014.
Donaldson relocated to 9128 SW 32nd Terrance, Ocala, Florida, in March 2014, at which time he signed a Florida Department of Law Enforcement sexual offender/predator registration form in the presence of a sergeant with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Donaldson was also provided with a list of requirements he was expected to comply with.
The offenders birth date is May 26th, which means he was required to register four times a year during the months of May, August, November, and February.
Donaldson did not show up for his re-registration in November 2014.
On February 20, 2015, deputies made contact with Donaldson via phone. Donaldson then responded to the sheriff’s office.
Donaldson stated that he thought he had registered in November and did not believe he had forgotten; however, the sheriff’s office did not have any record of Donaldson re-registering.
Donaldson was arrested and charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Since this violated the terms of his probation, he is being held without bond.
Ocala Post does not know the name of the remaining offender that has yet to re-register.