NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
October 13, 2005
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
(850) 651-7420 


The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office announces that a man at the center of an international child sex investigation is being held in Montgomery Alabama on a felony voting fraud charge out of Okaloosa County .

   58-year old George Hoey Morris, of 385 Wade Morris Road in Eclectic Alabama, and  formerly of Okaloosa County , is charged with false swearing of voter information.

   Investigators with the Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office say although Morris was convicted of a felony offense involving the sale of illegal narcotics in Colorado in 1980, he registered as a qualified voter in Okaloosa County in 1999 and cast a ballot in November 2002, a violation of Florida election laws.

   Federal authorities say the arrest means Morris will remain in detention in the Montgomery Alabama City jail, where he’s also charged with immigration fraud.

   Morris is at the center of an international probe involving  allegations he took part in unlawful sex with hundreds of minor females between the ages of eleven and fifteen in other countries, including Vietnam , Thailand , and Mexico .

   Law enforcement officials believe Morris poses a danger to the community and is a flight risk.