Sexual deviants on our public beaches

Reporter: Jana Eschbach

Sex at public parks and beaches - all in plain view and all caught on tape. Budget cuts prevented commissioners from taking action.

Parks, beaches and public restrooms are all magnets for sexual deviants. Our hidden camera investigation captures one after the other looking for sex.

Reporter: "Yes, sir, what was that about? Why would you ask him to perform oral sex on you?"

Guy: "I didn't; I didn't ask him that."

Reporter: "Actually, you did sir."

In broad daylight, in plain view of those just feet away on the beach. They tell me that it's a sickness.

Martin County Commissioner Mike Diterlizzi proposed installing cameras to keep the beaches safe. "They see the cameras; they know somebody is watching."

It was a move seen as too much big brother by some and too expensive by others.

Commissioners say buying the cameras would be $100,000, and staffing those who would monitor it at the sheriff's office would cost even more. "It's just not the time to do this financially. We can continue to redirect our resources to conduct these sweeps and these patrols."

But it's money well spent if you ask Father Guy Fisher. "You should not have to worry about that here. It is a family place; they should protect and make it safe for the kids."

He does not even want to think about his son walking in on a sexual encounter at a public park. "You can't make the laws tough enough for that."

But sheriff investigators say accidental run-ins happen often. In fact, some parks' restrooms get so much traffic, they have holes in the stall walls.

State Representative William Snyder proposed stricter penalties for those caught having sex in public parks, outside schools and beaches. The bill was shot down last year. But after our investigation, the governor says if a new bill were introduced, he would sign it this time around.