GULFPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT
MEDIA NEWS RELEASE
                                                                   
Lt. Robert Vincent
Public Information Officer
727-893-1030

05/05/2008
 
Sex Offender Moved to Neighborhood Without Registering
 
Gulfport Detectives routinely check the local sex offenders in cooperation with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Sexual Predator/Offender Tracking (SPOT) Unit.  One offender, Lucas Perez, had recently gone missing from his Gulfport address of 5210 15th Avenue South, and neither Gulfport Police nor the SPOT unit had any idea where he had gone.
 
On Sunday, May 4th, Gulfport Officer Matthew Parks found Lucas living at 4750 14th Avenue South in St. Petersburg, where he has been since April 25th.  Perez had over a week to inform authorities of his address change, which is required to be done in 48 hours under Florida law. Gulfport detectives have notified the SPOT unit as well as St. Petersburg Police.
 
Perez was initially convicted in Texas in 1998 for lewd and indecent acts with a child under the age of 16.  He was also charged in Pinellas County in 2007 for failing to comply with registration requirements.  He is currently in the Pinellas County Jail being held on $5,000 bond.
 
To view this offender's information flyer, or to track the whereabouts of offenders in your neighborhood, visit: http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/Search.jsp