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Sexual battery suspect turns self in



GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. - James Gladson is a registered sex predator. He was convicted of sexual battery on a child under 12 in 2006 and was re-arrested this week when he turned himself in. 

"The court will weigh in on that violation and could very easily sentence him to two to five years," said Action News law and safety expert Dale Carson. 

Action News found out this is the second time in eight years that Gladson has been arrested for violation of probation. Under his original conviction, he was ordered to go to psycho/sexual counseling with a trained therapist. The problem is, he didn't go. 

Carson said this happens more often than we think. New laws passed this month are expected to help. 

"Recently, the state Legislature intensified the penalties for sex offenders. Certainly that will have an impact on what happens in violation of probation cases," Carson continued. 

We reached out to the Department of Corrections to learn more about Gladson. He lives in Middleburg, and had the standard terms of release: No unsupervised contact with children under 18, 10 p.m. curfew, and no going near libraries, schools, zoos and other areas known to have kids. 

He was given two years house arrest for his original crime, and placed on a five years' probation. Carson believes every time a predator like Gladson skips out on getting help, it endangers the whole community. 

"It's crucial that they go, because the view is that sex offenders re-offend frequently ... especially the higher caliber offenders." 

The judge denied Gladson any bond, so he will be in the Clay County Jail until further notice.