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Palm Coast Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2020 4 months ago

Sex offender arrested for non-compliance, living on island near Bings Landing

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Brian Roy, 43, was convicted of felonious sexual assault in New Hampshire in 2001.
by: Guest Writer

by: Brittany Kershaw
Public Affairs Manager, Flagler County Sheriff's Office

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office's Sex Offender Unit received information that 43-year-old Brian Thomas Roy, a registered sex offender, was not living at the transient residence — a boat — listed on his sex offender registration paperwork, which is against the law.

Brian Thomas Roy. Photo courtesy of the FCSO

As a transient resident, Roy is required to report in person to the Sheriff’s Office every thirty days. His last check-in was March 12. The investigation revealed that Roy was residing at a campsite on an island located in the Intracoastal Waterway across from Bings Landing.

Another detective attempted contact with Roy for an unrelated incident a week prior, but Roy fled into the woods and concealed himself at the sight of law enforcement.

On April 21, FCSO Sex Offender Detective Crosbee partnered with the FCSO Marine Unit to locate Roy on the island.

Detective Crosbee and Deputy Williams arrived on the island and immediately made contact with Roy and a female.

Roy showed deputies bones that he had found on the island, which were confirmed to be from a turtle and a deer. Roy admitted to missing his thirty day check-in at the Sheriff’s Office but claimed he was not living on the island, and that he was visiting this girlfriend who lived on the island.

Deputies found an elaborate campsite complete with a tent, generator, and other living accommodations. 

When deputies attempted to place Roy under arrest, Roy pulled away and ran from the deputies on the island.

After a brief foot pursuit, Detective Crosbee was successfully able to take Roy into custody.

Roy was booked in the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Facility and charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Resisting Arrest without Violence. He remains in jail with no bond allowed. 

“It is critical to have accurate information for sex offenders in the event of a child abduction or other crimes against children,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Offenders and predators that are deceptive about where they are living, like this guy, are of the highest concern. Our team did a great job in tracking him down and taking him into custody. I hope he did not enjoy his airboat ride on his way to the Green Roof Inn.” 

The sex offender detective within the Major Case Unit is a grant-funded position responsible for sexual offender and predator tracking and enforcement. The mission of the sex offender detective is to ensure that sex offenders and predators in Flagler County are in compliance with applicable state laws, especially when it comes to reporting where they reside. 

Video of the arrest (WARNING: contains profanity) can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/J2_9xBNQj6c

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