A man designated as a sex offender and a convicted felon failed to register in Monroe County as required by law. He was arrested.
Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received a call from a woman who said she was driving in the vicinity of the 12 mile marker of the highway shortly after 8 p.m. Monday and almost hit someone dressed all in black and walking very close to the highway.
Deputy Wendy Negron responded to that area and made contact with 43 year old Victor Purdue, who was indeed walking close to the highway and not on the Heritage Trail, which runs alongside the highway, but at a safe distance from the lanes of vehicle traffic.
A check of his name though computers revealed he was designated a sex offender, having been found guilty of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 16 in Martin County, Florida. Sex offenders are required to register when they relocate from place to place. Purdue had not registered in Monroe County as required. As a convicted felon, he is also required to register and he had not done that either.
Purdue was booked into jail on both counts of failing to register.