for immediate release
January 10, 2003

SEXUAL PREDATOR NOTIFICATION

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and Fort Walton Beach Police Department are conducting a community Sexual Predator Notification in accordance with the "Public Safety Information Act of 1997."

Fred Ward, Jr. has registered with a new address of 1214 Miracle Strip Pkwy., , Room 306, Fort Walton Beach. This address is the "Sea Isle Motel" on Okaloosa Island. This notification is a change of address.

Ward was released from prison in March, 2001; this is his fifth registered address in the Fort Walton Beach area since that time. His most recent prior address was in downtown Fort Walton Beach.

Ward is a black male, 56 years old (6-29-1946), five feet, ten inches tall, 154 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He is a registered Sexual Predator with a conviction in 1994 in Palm Beach County of Sexual Battery on a Child under the age of 12. The victim was a girl.

More information about registered sexual predators and sexual offenders, including photographs, can be found on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement web site at www.fdle.state.fl.us. A link to that site is available through the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office web site at www.sheriff-okaloosa.org. The state's Sexual Offender/Predator Unit can also be reached toll-free at 1-888-357-7332. The FDLE currently lists 210 registered Sexual Offenders in Okaloosa County, of whom nine have been designated by the courts under the more serious category of "Sexual Predator."

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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