for immediate release
August 5, 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." Fred Ward has registered a new home address of 1825 Lewis Turner Boulevard, Lot 11, Fort Walton Beach. This address is in the Wright area. Ward had resided at a different address in Fort Walton Beach since his release from prison in March, 2001; this notification is for a change of address.

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. 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 201 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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