for immediate release
August 5, 2002


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 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 201 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