"I was just trying to keep people informed ahead of time," Horstman told The Tampa Bay Times. "We can't allow sexual predators in the centers and shelters."
Reaction was swift.
“How many people will you have to rescue because they were afraid that seeking shelter might mean going to jail?” Adam Steinbaugh tweeted.
"So, at best, ur impeding law enforcement (telling ppl w/ warrants 2 stay away) or, at the human level, pushing them to die," author Kurt Eichenwald tweeted.
"We see that people [on Twitter] are upset, but the bottom line is the shelters are here to protect people and we want people to be safe," Horstman told the Times. "If you have a warrant, turn yourself into the jail and if you are a predator, find somewhere to go."