for immediate release
February 19, 2003


The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is 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 8 Third Street, Shalimar, Unit #6. This notification is a change of address.

Ward was released from prison in March, 2001; this is his sixth registered address in the Fort Walton Beach area since that time. His most recent prior address was on Okaloosa Island.

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 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 215 registered Sexual Offenders in Okaloosa County, of whom nine 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