Convicted Sex Offender Arrested By BCSO For Exposing Himself To Teenager In Merritt Island
By WAYNE IVEY, BREVARD SHERIFF // October 20, 2017
36-year-old Thomas Leo Murray arrested
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 36-year-old Thomas Leo Murray for exposing himself to a teenager on Tuesday in Merritt Island.
Murray was arrested after a warrant was issued by Judge Brown on charges of violating his restrictions as a sexual offender and Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition of a person under 16-years of age.
Murray was transported to the Brevard County Jail on a $40,000 Bond.
The investigation began on Tuesday, October 17, after the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a male exposing himself to a teenager in Merritt Island.
Agents from the Special Victim’s and SORT Units then identified Murray as suspect in the incident. Murray was originally convicted in Pinellas County for Unlawful Sex with a Minor in 2007 and has been required to register as a sexual offender since his release from the Department of Corrections in 2015.
After obtaining the warrant, Agents located Murray and arrested him earlier today.
Anyone with further information about this investigation is asked to please call Agent Ethan Kersey of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Special Victims Unit, at 321-633-8419.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.
Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft. That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today. The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.
Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.
Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.