South Florida

Florida sex offender on the loose after cutting off his ankle monitor

A February mugshot of Ebersole, still a fugitive as of Wednesday afternoon.
A February mugshot of Ebersole, still a fugitive as of Wednesday afternoon.

A Central Florida man convicted of lewd and lascivious behavior on a child absconded after cutting off his ankle bracelet, according to Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

Knowing HCSO deputies would be coming for him for a parole violation on a failed urine test, Gary Ebersole jettisoned his ankle bracelet at a Citgo gas station in Sebring Monday morning. Deputies arrived to find the ankle bracelet without the Florida resident who’s supposed to be wearing it.

Ebersole’s 46 years old, 5-10, 160 pounds with craggy skin, little hair and 21 tattoos. Among his body art are back tats that say “Grand Wizzard” and “Rebel Cause;” neck tats that read “Christine” and “Korney;” and spider webs on his right hand.

Anyone spotting Ebersole should go to this icrimewatch site to file a report.

As for where Ebersole might go, he has relatives in Rising Sun, Indiana and Niles, Michigan. But he’s spent at least his last 30 years in Highlands County, most of it in Florida, most recently on Boon Dock Road.

That’s when he wasn’t in prison. After starting his prison career with a five-year stretch for grand theft auto and grand theft of a firearm, Ebersole was convicted in 1997 of lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim under 16. He placed the child’s hand on his penis. Two other charges, sexual battery and sexual battery on a child under the age of 12, weren’t prosecuted.

Ebersole did 17 months on those charges, then five years, three months from 2006-11 when he failed to comply with his requirements as a sex offender under the Public Safety Information Act. Florida prison online records say he did another nine months in prison before being released on Christmas Eve, 2012. He was on probation until 2019 after failing to register as a sex offender in 2014.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal