for immediate release
October 18, 2002


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 47 Third Avenue # 5, Shalimar. 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 A link to that site is available through the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office web site at The state's Sexual Offender/Predator Unit can also be reached toll-free at 1-888-357-7332. The FDLE currently lists 211 registered Sexual Offenders in Okaloosa County, of whom eight have been designated by the courts under the more serious category of "Sexual Predator."


for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420