Tracking a Predator: Fernando Beard

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: Fernando Beard was arrested.

ORIGINAL STORY: Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a missing sex offender and they need your help. It’s part of a partnership with WIAT to track predators in our community.

Fernando Beard was found guilty of kidnapping a 6-year-old child from Jefferson County in 1990. The 42-year-old is 5′ 10″ and weighs about 180 pounds. He registered his address at a home in Centerpoint in August.

When deputies went to track him down, he wasn’t living there and the homeowner had never heard of him. He was just using the address to try and get around the law.

“It’s our experience that they don’t obey the law., that they want to break the law, that they think they can get away with it,” Sheriff Mike Hale said.

“I’m here to tell you that the deputy sheriff’s that serve on the convicted sex offender unit are not playing and we’re gonna catch them and it’s out intention to drag’em back in court and we hope to send them back to prison,” he continued.

Deputies think that Beard is still in the Centerpoint area. If you see him, or know where he might be, you are asked to help catch him by calling the Jefferson County Sexual Predator hotline at 205-325-4779.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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