New Alachua County Sheriff’s Office program will target child sexual predators

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The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office recently received a grant that will help protect children from falling victim to sexual offenders. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Mike Biana reports, this funding will be used to set up a new special team whose goal is to take down child predators.

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