Sexual predator, left in woods, flees Eastpoint

Norman Bill Williams

Norman Bill Williams

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 04:35 PM.

This story is from Sept. 29, 2011

APALACHICOLA - A high-risk sexual predator, left Saturday by state officials to live in the woods near Eastpoint, fled within hours and is being sought by law enforcement officials in Franklin and surrounding counties.

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According to Jo Ellyn Rackleff, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections, Norman Bill Williams, 56, was released Saturday near Bear Creek Road in Eastpoint, after telling authorities he intended to live in the woods, with no physical address.

Williams had completed 85 percent of a seven-year sentence, begun Oct. 10, 2006, for sexual battery on a victim under age 12, a crime that occurred Jan. 1, 1994.

“Legally, we couldn’t hold him beyond that,” said Rackleff. “When the release date is hit, we have to release.”

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