for immediate release
October 11, 2002

SEXUAL  PREDATOR  NOTIFICATION

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is conducting a community Sexual Predator Notification in accordance with the "Public Safety Information Act of 1997."

Harold Lavern Benedict has registered with a new address of 108 Monahan Drive, NE, Fort Walton Beach, unit #5. This address is in the Ocean City area. This notification is a change of address.

Benedict was released from prison in May, 2000.

Benedict is a white male, 52 years old (8-4-1950), six feet, two inches tall, 205 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He is a registered Sexual Predator with a conviction in 1995 in Okaloosa County of Attempted Sexual Battery on a Child, and Lewd and Lascivious Assault on a Child.

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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