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Law Enforcement Officials Verify Compliance of 388 Sex Offenders During Two-day CART Operation

5/23/2008
 

The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Child Abduction Response Team (CART) arrested five individuals for violating the state’s sex offender/predator registration requirements and a sixth individual for failure to register as a career offender. The team made contact with 388 sexual offenders and predators during a two-day operation that began May 21. The proactive safety operation was designed to verify the residences of registered sexual offenders and predators in the six-county area, as well as to assist CART members become familiar with registrants residing in their jurisdiction. More than 60 local, state, and federal investigators from 19 law enforcement agencies participated in the CART operation.

CART is a multi-agency team comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies designed to immediately mobilize and provide investigative resources to the lead investigative agency when a child is abducted. CART serves as a force multiplier to provide a preplanned response and combined resources to local law enforcement in the event of a child abduction.

The CART team focused on sexual predators, offenders and absconders in Bay, Gulf, Calhoun, Jackson, Washington and Holmes counties. The CART team made contact with 17 predators and 371 offenders, using door-to-door checks to verify residency.

Sexual offenders and predators are required by law to report in person to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles within 48 hours of establishing a temporary or permanent residence or of any changes in their temporary or permanent addresses. Sexual predators and offenders must also register in person with their local Sheriff’s Office either two or four times a year, depending on their offense and designation.

Vernon Patrick Sloan, 33, was arrested in Washington County by members of CART for violating the federal Adam Walsh Act. Sloan failed to register as a sex offender in Florida after moving from South Carolina. Sloan was indicted by a federal grand jury in South Carolina.

Arrested in the operation for registration violations were:
Tyvessall King, 28, for failing to register as a sex offender;
Brett Clark, 26, for violation of sex offender registration;
John Crutchfield, 41, for violation of sex offender registration;
Ronnie Cannon, 45, for failure to register as a sex offender; and
Robert Baker, 42, for failure to register as a career offender.

In addition, to these six arrests, registered sex offender Ronald Vincent, 55, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Recent legislation requires sexual offenders to report to the Department of Highway Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles to obtain an updated or renewed driver's license or identification card displaying the designation: “943.0435, F.S." Failure to do so is a third-degree felony. CART members verified that offenders complied with this requirement.

 

The following is a county by county breakdown of sexual offenders and predators contacted:
County (6) Predators (17) Offenders (371) Absconders (1)
 
Bay 6 213 1
Calhoun 0 22  
Gulf 1 17  
Holmes 2 42  
Jackson 5 50  
Washington 3 27  
       
TOTAL: 17 371 1

The following agencies participated in the CART operation: 
Local State Federal
     
Sheriff’s Offices (6) State Agencies (3) Federal Agencies (1)
Bay County Sheriff’s Office Florida Department of Law Enforcement U.S. Marshals Service
Gulf County Sheriff’s Office State Attorney’s Office  
Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole  
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office    
Washington County Sheriff’s Office    
Holmes County Sheriff’s Office    
     
Police Departments (9)    
Panama City Police Department    
Panama City Beach Police Department    
Lynn Haven Police Department    
Springfield Police Department    
Marianna Police Department    
Cottondale Police Department    
Graceville Police Department    
Chipley Police Department    
Mexico Beach Police Department    

For more information, contact:

Joe Grammer
State Attorney’s Office
14th Judicial Circuit
(850) 872-4473

Ruth Sasser
Public Affairs Specialist
Bay County Sheriff’s Office
747-4700

Michael Morrison
Public Information Officer
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-8258