for immediate release
April 25, 2002

SEXUAL  PREDATOR  NOTIFICATION

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and the Fort Walton Beach Police Department are jointly conducting a community Sexual Predator Notification in accordance with the "Public Safety Information Act of 1997." Harold Lavern Benedict. has registered a new home address of 117 Windham Avenue, Fort Walton Beach. Benedict is a white male, 51 years old (8-4-1950), six-feet two inches tall, 220 pounds, with grey hair and green eyes. He is a registered Sexual Predator with convictions in Okaloosa County Circuit Court of Attempted Sexual Battery on a Child less than 12 Years of Age, and Lewd & Lascivious Conduct on a Child Under 16. 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 193 registered Sexual Offenders in Okaloosa County, of whom six have been designed by the courts as a "Sexual Predator."

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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