NEWS RELEASE #: 16-219
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is advising the public that Anthony Nails, DOB 9/23/62, has registered as a Sexual Offender living in Sarasota County.
Nails was convicted on four counts of Lewd or Lascivious Battery on a Victim Under 16 in 1994 in Manatee County, and sentenced to seven years in prison. Upon his release in 2000, Nails was re-arrested for violating sex offender probation and sentenced to another nine years behind bars. In 2009, Nails was again convicted on two counts of Armed Robbery and sent back to prison for another 10 years. He was just released and has registered as a transient living in the area of U.S. 301 and University Parkway in Sarasota. The registration of a "location" and not a physical address is allowable under Florida law for homeless or transient persons. However, effective July 1, 2014, a transient offender or predator must register their address with the sheriff's office every 30 days. Nails is currently under the supervision of the Department of Corrections however, because he was convicted prior to 2004, residency restrictions do not apply.
This information is posted on the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office website, agency Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to publicly notify citizens of sex offenders and predators who register a Sarasota County address for the first time, when moving into the county or following a release from prison. Citizens should still sign up to receive notifications from FDLE of sex offenders and predator registrations.