for immediate release
September 11, 2002

SEXUAL PREDATOR NOTIFICATION

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and the Valparaiso Police Department are conducting a community Sexual Predator Notification in accordance with the "Public Safety Information Act of 1997."

Raymond Elijah Wortham has registered with an address of 79 John Sims Pkwy., unit #228, Valparaiso. This address is the Budget Inn. Wortham was released from prison on September 3.

Wortham is a white male, 28 years old (5-3-1974), five feet, ten inches tall, 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is a registered Sexual Predator with a conviction in 1999 in Duval County of Attempted Sexual Battery 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 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 207 registered Sexual Offenders in Okaloosa County, of whom nine 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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