Walton County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Tuanh Huynh Pham, 32, on March 13, 2013, for lewd and lascivious battery, engaging in sexual activity with persons 12 to 16 years of age and traveling to meet and luring a child online. On October 17th, Pham was sentenced to 115.5 months in state prison and is designated as a sexual offender.
A relative of the victim contacted the Sheriff’s Office on January 18th, 2013, and reported that there was obscene communication going on between the victim and an adult male. Investigators gained access to the victim’s computer and obtained chat conversations between Pham and the victim. Investigators located Pham in Jackson County, FL and conducted an interview. Pham was subsequently arrested by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for separate charges.
On Thursday, October 17, 2013, Gelver Raul Martinez Ramirez (DOB 09/17/1971) pled no contest and was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to a total of 20 years in the Department of Corrections for the charges of 1 count of Promoting Sexual Performance by a Child and 9 counts of Possessing Photos, Motion Pictures, etc., which Include Sexual Conduct by a Child. He was designated a Sexual Offender, fine and costs were imposed and it was ordered that the defendant forfeit all items seized to FDLE.
On, July 10th the Walton County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in executing a search warrant at 37 12th Street, Santa Rosa Beach. Gelver Raul Martinez Ramirez was arrested for possession of obscene material and possession of photograph of sexual performance by a child. The warrant originated out of FDLE in Tallahassee when an FDLE Special Agent determined that a computer located in Walton County was downloading and/or sharing child pornography on the Internet using peer-to-peer software. Martinez admitted to downloading videos of child pornography and was in possession of 9 child pornography files.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are members of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating two purse snatchings that took place four days apart at the Silver Sands Premium Outlet Mall. The first incident occurred on Tuesday, October 15th and the second took place on Friday, October 18th. Both incidents occurred while the victims were eating and a male subject approached the area, grabbed the purse and ran off. In the second incident, the suspect is described as a tan male, wearing a light grey shirt, jeans, buzz cut hairstyle, dark eyebrows and looked to be in his late teens or early twenties. At this time, investigators are following all leads.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward of UP TO $1,000 is asked to call Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, text “TIP214 plus your tip” to 274637(CRIMES) or send a mobile tip using our new “Tipsubmit Mobile” application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids. (Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Msg&Data Rates May Apply.)
With the upcoming holiday season this is a prime time for crime. The Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens to please be vigilant, be aware of your surroundings and keep your personal belongings close to you. The following crime prevention tips are helpful for your personal safety:
· Park your car in a well-lit area and be aware of your surroundings.
- Carry only the credit cards you intend to use and avoid carrying large sums of money.
- Never leave packages or valuables in your vehicle that are visible.
- While out and about, present an alert appearance.
- There is safety in numbers……so shop with friends or relatives.
- Carry the day’s most expensive purchases closest to your body, and don’t carry so much you lose the ability to react quickly.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that Captain Audie Rowell has completed a one week course of study from the Southern Police Institute Chief Executive Leadership in Louisville, KY. The course covered topics ranging from Legal Issues in Law Enforcement, Importance of Conducting Effective Internal Investigations, Performance Evaluations – Why They’re Important, Leadership in the 21st Century, Managing Organizational Change, Dealing With Generational Issues, Mitigating Disasters, Effective Leadership Tools – Situational Leadership, Police Effectiveness: Community, Innovation and Technology, Budgetary Techniques and Marketing Your Department. Participants in the course were exposed to key elements necessary to be successful and the course exercises were interactive to draw upon the experience and expertise of the participants and instructors.
“Attending this training course is a testament of Sheriff Adkinson’s commitment to providing advanced education for agency members,” said Captain Rowell. “This course is a benefit to executive-level law enforcement officers and is designed to facilitate and encourage a positive, developmental, forward thinking role in leading our respective agencies.”
Captain Rowell graduated from 62nd class of the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course in 2011.
Carey was adjudicated on 4/18/2006 for Computer/Electronic Pornography in Fayette County, GA. Carey’s new address is: 10005 W Emerald Coast Pkwy Lot #607, Miramar Beach, FL 32550.
Carey is a 49 year old white male, with gray hair and blue eyes, 6’03” and 205 lbs and wears glasses.
There are currently 141 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.
The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods. WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods.