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Florida's Eight Most Wanted Sexual Predators

It takes an especially brutal sex crime to qualify a sex offender as a "predator." The Florida Department of Law Enforcement currently lists eight sexual predators who have absconded -- meaning they're not living at the address in the sex offender registry. 

Based on the FDLE website, the predator who's been on the loose for the longest time is Enrique Soto, who vanished in 2005. We'll tell you about Soto and the seven other predators like him, after the jump.

Soto was supposed to be living in the town of Wimauma in Hillsborough County, the same county where in April 1999 he was convicted of sexual battery against a child under age 12. Soto is 48.

Our news databases didn't turn up any more details on Soto's case.

The next predator comes from South Florida.

David D. Rodriguez also disappeared in 2005, following a conviction in Miami-Dade County of three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child. The FDLE flier lists a few dozen aliases they believe Rodriguez has used to stay one step ahead of the law. 

The next predator comes from Broward County.

Ariel Orestes Rovelo is 33 years old now, but he was just 20 when, in 1997, he molested a 14- and 16-year-old girl that he knew. He was convicted of sexual battery and kidnapping. Rovelo was to have registered to live in Miami Springs but hasn't been there at least since 2008.

 Polk County courts convicted Fernando Aguirre in 1995 for the Easter Sunday rape of a 28-year-old woman whom he and four other men drove home from a bar. After his release from prison, Aguirre was supposed to stay in Polk County, but he hasn't been seen since August 2008.

Miguel Angel Hernandez's sex crime dates to 1995, when Hillsborough County convicted him of sexual battery by coercion and lewd acts on a child under age 16. Hernandez vanished from the Hillsborough County location where he was registered in July 2009.

That same month of July 2009, registered predator Hector Lopera disappeared from his Hialeah residence. Like Hernandez, Lopera had been released following a 1995 conviction for sexual battery by coercion against a child and lewd acts with a child under 16. He's 44 years old. 

Another Hialeah fugitive up next.

Frederick L. Campbell was convicted of sexual battery of a child under 12 and of lewd acts with a child under 16 by Miami-Dade courts in May 1996. Following a prison sentence, Campbell was to stay at a registered address in Hialeah but has been ducking his probation officer since July 2009.

The photo of Campbell was taken in 1997, so the now-51-year-old Campbell may be looking quite a bit different these days.

If anyone has information that would help investigators track these eight men down, call FDLE at 1-888-357-7332.

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Thomas Francis