for immediate release
November 15, 2002

SEXUAL  PREDATOR  NOTIFICATION

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

Raymond Eli Wortham has registered with a new address of 401 Marshall Court, unit # 6, Fort Walton Beach. This notification is a change of address.

Wortham was released from prison in September, 2002; he previously registered with an address in Valparaiso.

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 of Sexual Battery on a Child under the age of 12.

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 209 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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