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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Sex offender still listed two blocks from school

A convicted sex offender is back living two blocks from Anna Maria Elementary School, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Web site on convicted sex offenders.

In April 2004, an Islander story had listed the offender's residence at 4500 Gulf Drive, but a relative of the man claimed he was no longer living there.

The FDLE changed the man's address last year to a Bradenton location, but re-entered the Holmes Beach address in October 2004, according to the Web site.

Under Florida law, convicted sexual offenders are required to report their place of residence to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, even after their probation ends.

Holmes Beach police said the man's presence is known to them and Officer Pete Lannon, the school's resource officer, has that information.

According to a Holmes Beach police report dated April 4, 2004, the man was arrested at 4500 Gulf Drive on a misdemeanor domestic spouse battery charge. The man's sex offender conviction was for sexual battery that did not involve a minor.

In addition to the sexual battery conviction, the offender at 4500 Gulf Drive has had misdemeanor convictions for possession of marijuana, possession of narcotic paraphenalia, disorderly intoxication and tresspass after warning.