Attorney General Bill McCollum News Release
August 15, 2008
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
Phone: (850) 245-0150
CyberCrime Unit Launches Search for Registered Sex Offender on the Run
~ Pensacola man is wanted on multiple charges of child pornography possession ~
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that his CyberCrime Unit has initiated a search for a registered sex offender on the run after the man fled pending his arrest on charges of child pornography possession. Investigators with the CyberCrime Unit discovered Eddie Martin Frazier III's possession of child pornography during an undercover investigation. Frazier was last seen in Pensacola and will be the first CyberCrime fugitive featured on the Attorney General's Most Wanted website, http://www.myfloridalegal.com/mostwanted.
Frazier was convicted in 1998 on the charge of “lewd fondle or assault, commit or simulate sexual acts on or in the presence of a child under 16 in a lewd, lascivious or indecent manner.” He was sentenced to two years in prison and five years probation in that case.
A search warrant was executed Wednesday at Frazier's Pensacola residence with the assistance of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, the Pensacola Police Department and the FBI. Several computers and other items of digital evidence were recovered from his home. Later, CyberCrime investigators and detectives from Pensacola Police Department conducted forensic reviews on two of the computers from Frazier's home and found numerous images of child pornography.
Upon his capture, Frazier will be charged with one count of promoting the sexual performance of a child, a second-degree felony, and 10 counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony. If convicted of all charges, he faces up to 65 years in prison. Tips on Frazier's location may be reported to local law enforcement or the Pensacola Crime Stoppers at 850-433-7867. More information is available online at: http://www.myfloridalegal.com/mostwanted.
The search for Frazier is being conducted by the new Northwest Florida office of the CyberCrime Unit, which opened in late July. The Northwest Florida Office is located within the Santa Rosa Kids House, a nonprofit child advocacy center housing multiple agencies and organizations dedicated to assisting victims of child abuse and their families through the legal and healing process. This particular office is unique in that it combines the resources of the Attorney General's experts in the investigation and prosecution of online child predators and pornographers with the resources of the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Guardian Ad Litem program, the Santa Rosa County School Board, NAS Whiting Field and the Favor House.