Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clay Seeks Extradition of Sex Offender; PUBLIC SAFETY

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clay Seeks Extradition of Sex Offender; PUBLIC SAFETY

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Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer

One of two cousins being sought by the Clay County Sheriff's Office, each a registered sex offender, is being held by authorities in Massachusetts on a warrant charging him with violating probation on a lewd and lascivious assault conviction three years ago.

Legal proceedings have been initiated to return Rodney Prevatt, 21, to Clay County. But Mary Justino, a sheriff's spokeswoman, said Prevatt is "fighting extradition to Florida and it will be at least another two weeks, at the soonest, before he can be transported back here to face a local judge."

In addition to the probation violation, officials said Prevatt is wanted on worthless check charges, failure to appear in court and traffic violations.

Meanwhile, the sheriff's office continues the search for his 31-year-old cousin, Jeffery Thomas Prevatt, who moved from his last known address in Orange Park but failed to notify authorities within the required 48 hours. He also failed to obtain a current identification card.

Justino said a confidential informant had provided information that led to Rodney Prevatt's arrest in Massachusetts.

FLEMING ISLAND

-- A 21-year-old Middleburg man was killed Sunday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed on Town Center Boulevard in Fleming Island Plantation.

The sheriff's office said Ronald Scott Gerdick, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from his 2001 Honda after hitting a curb near Village Square Parkway around 3 p.m. He was transported by helicopter to Shands Jacksonville, where he later was pronounced dead.

ORANGE PARK

-- A joint investigation by federal, state and county authorities resulted in the arrest Sunday morning of a 13-year-old boy charged with arson in connection with a minor fire two days earlier at St. Catherine's Catholic Church on Kingsley Avenue.

An investigation was launched by the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the Florida State Fire Marshal's Office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms after a trash can fire was discovered in a conference room in the church sanctuary on the afternoon of Oct. …

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