for immediate release
July 12, 2002

SEXUAL  PREDATOR  NOTIFICATION

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and the Fort Walton Beach Police Department are conducting a community Sexual Predator Notification in accordance with the "Public Safety Information Act of 1997." Joseph Russell Albright has registered a new home address of 8 Elm Avenue, SE, Fort Walton Beach. This address is in the downtown Fort Walton Beach area. Albright had resided at a different address in Fort Walton Beach since his release from prison last December; this notification is for a change of address.

Albright is a white male, 22 years old (9-11-1979), six feet tall, 215 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is a registered Sexual Predator with a conviction in Walton County of Lewd & Lascivious Assault on a Child Less than 16 Years Old. Albright was sentenced on October 11, 1999, to three years in prison. The victim was a six year old 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 197 registered Sexual Offenders in Okaloosa County, of whom eight 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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