for immediate release
September 11, 2002


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 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 207 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