Sex offender arrested on 4 outstanding warrants

Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 8:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 8:37 p.m.

A designated sex offender who has been a fugitive since June was arrested in Gainesville without incident by federal and local officials Monday evening.

Eric Jermaine Williams, 31, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force on four outstanding warrants: sex offender violation for failing to register; sex offender violation for failing to report a change of address; failure to appear in court on a possession of cocaine charge; and failure to appear in court on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The search for Williams was turned over to the task force earlier this month.

On Monday, task force members who are also deputies with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office determined that Williams was staying with a family member in an apartment at 4013 NW 12th Terrace. Task force members, including officers from the Gainesville Police Department, began watching the apartment and the surrounding neighborhood on Monday afternoon. Within a couple of hours, task force members said they followed a car that left the parking lot with Williams at the wheel. Williams was arrested after he parked the car and got out in the Oak Ridge Apartments parking lot at 1120 NW 45th Ave.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Department of Corrections, Williams has served two prison terms. The first was for his conviction for lewd and lascivious battery on a girl under the age of 16 and possession of cocaine. The second sentence was for failing to comply with sex offender requirements in ways that were similar to the current charges against Williams.

Following his arrest Monday night, Williams was booked into the Alachua County jail. His bond was set at $254,000.

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