Local Sex Offender Loses in State Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court has put some coal in the Christmas stocking of a Bay County sexual predator.

The justices Thursday denied the appeal of James Christopher White, who was involuntarily committed under the Jimmy Ryce Act.

The act allows the state to send potentially dangerous violent sexual offenders for treatment, even if they have served all of their prison term.

In White’s civil trial in Bay County a local jury decided to make him the first local violent sexual offender to be committed under the Ryce Act.

White’s attorney claimed the jury should have been told it had to conclude White could not control his behavior in order to commit him. Thursday, the high court refused to add that requirement to the other grounds needed for commitment. White had served four years for a 1995 rape and false imprisonment.

Psychiatrists testified he was very likely to commit more sexual offenses.