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           PALMER WARD


The purpose of this notification is to advise that a Violet Hill man who previously lived on Shadow Gate Road has moved. Palmer Lee Ward, a level three sex offender has moved to 67 Henson Lane, Violet Hill.  Forty eight year old Ward was convicted in late 1999 for sexual abuse first degree. The offense involved Ward fondling an eleven year old female to include digital penetration and engaging in sexual intercourse with the child.  This offender has also had violent criminal offences involving the use of a deadly weapon. Ward is described as a white male, 5’11” tall, and weighing some 165 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the Level 3 classification indicates these individuals usually have histories of repeat sexual offending and/or strong anti-social, violent or predatory personality characteristics. Sexual compulsion are likely to be present, but may be kept under controlled when relapse prevention plans are followed and treatment is continued. The offense patterns of level 3 offenders reflect a relatively high probability of re-offense and/or risk of substantial injury to victims should re-offense occur.

Sheriff Lawrence said that sex offender notificaton has been hand delivered to residences with a half mile of Ward’s new residence. This notification is not intended to increase fear, but rather it is the sheriff’s belief that an informed public is a safer public, he said.

Sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but it was not until the passage of the Sex and Child Offender Registration Act that law enforcement even knew where they were living. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimate, or harass registered sex offender.



News Release, For Immediate Release, August 31, 2015, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 8703684203


Note: Picture of Ward provided

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