LONG-TERM OPERATION ON SEX OFFENDER/PREDATOR COMPLIANCE NETS 70+ ARRESTS
A more than 3-month effort to enforce registration laws on sexual offenders and predators resulted in charges against 76 individuals – and confirmed compliance in hundreds of other cases across Volusia County – thanks to a joint operation between the Volusia Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Operation Neptune started May 1 and concluded at the end of last week with VSO detectives, deputies and civilian staff working alongside state and federal agents to conduct checks on more than 80 percent of the more than 1,000 total offenders and predators living in Volusia County.
“We have a registration system for a reason,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. “We need to know where sex offenders and predators are living in our community, what vehicles they drive, and whether they’re complying with the conditions of their release. That’s part of our responsibility to protect Volusia County, and registered offenders and predators should know that we’ll be coming around again in the future.”
Those facing charges in the operation include:
Sexual predator Randy Doncaster, 58 (DOB 11/8/1960), who was arrested at his registered address of 3753 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, on a warrant for parole violation. (Body camera video provided above.) Doncaster was later found to be in possession of child pornography on an electronic device, and additional charges are pending. Doncaster was previously convicted of lewd acts on or in the presence of a child in 1994, and failure to register as a sexual predator in 2016.
Sexual offender Alfred Wilkes, 52 (DOB 7/14/1967), who was arrested on a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender. Detectives also learned Wilkes paid $500 in back rent to his landlord in the form of a Taurus Judge .45 caliber revolver. At the time of the deal, the landlord did not know Wilkes was a sex offender. It was also reported that Wilkes has access to several other firearms. Wilkes is facing additional charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and/or ammunition.
Sexual predator Anthony Mendez, 48 (DOB 5/4/1971), who was arrested after a concerned citizen notified the Sheriff’s Office that he was operating a Facebook account in violation of his conditions. Further investigation showed he also bought a cell phone and obtained an email address without disclosing it to the Sheriff’s Office as required.
Sexual predator Anthony Timothy, 57 (DOB 3/14/1962), who was keeping a wild raccoon in a cage inside his small apartment. Timothy was charged with violating an FWC order on captive wildlife and violation of probation.