for immediate release
December 30, 2002

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 3 Miracle Strip Pkwy., SW, Classic Inn, Room 114, Fort Walton Beach. This notification is a change of address.

Ward was released from prison in March, 2001; this is his fourth registered address in the Fort Walton Beach area since that time. His most recent prior address was on Lewis Turner Boulevard in the Wright area.

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 209 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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