Monday, December 31, 2007

William Anthony Simpson - Sex Offender

A convicted sex offender discovered living near a park is in jail after Palm Bay police tried unsuccessfully several times to get him to register and move.

William Anthony Simpson, 46, was charged with four counts of failing to register and violation of Brevard County code prohibiting sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a park. He’s being held at the Brevard County Jail in Sharpes on a $60,000 bond.

Officer Dan Fisher found Simpson at his home at 2138 Monroe St. NE, Apt. B on Saturday, police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez said. Three weeks earlier, while making routine sex offender address checks, Fisher had put Simpson on notice that he was in violation of the county ordinance because he lives across from Driskell Park, she said.

Fisher also reminded Simpson he had to register his address with local police twice a year. Further investigation found that Simpson hadn’t registered since December 2005, Martinez said.

Simpson told Fisher that he was moving because of a bond condition resulting from a domestic violence arrest on Christmas, she said.

Simpson was convicted in 1999 of attempted sexual battery and false imprisonment. He was sentenced to six years in prison, but released in July 2003.

Simpson was designated a registered sexual offender requiring him to provide an accurate residential address to local authorities in addition to abiding by local ordinances designating specific locations where he cannot reside.

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