Coast Guard Apprehends Georgia Sex Offender

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Coast Guard and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Fla., apprehended a convicted sex offender for violating his probation and possession of a stolen vessel Tuesday at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Stephen Alexander Bell, 40, from Tybee Island, Ga., was apprehended last night by the crew of Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral and officers from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. The man was spotted drifting on a 30-foot sail boat 100-yards south of the entrance jetties at Port Canaveral.

The crew of Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral received a cell phone call at 9:15 p.m. from a good Samaritan near the channel entrance to Port Canaveral that a sailing vessel was apparently disabled and drifting towards the jetties. The Coast Guard launched a 25-foot rescue boat to assist the sailing vessel Showtime.

Meanwhile, Coast Guard members at Station Port Canaveral recognized the name of the vessel and realized the vessel had been reported stolen in Georgia. Law enforcement officers from Station Port Canaveral and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office were sent to the vessel to investigate the vessel and Bell.

Coast Guard and Brevard County Sheriff’s Officer realized Bell was a sex offender wanted for violating probation in Chatham County, Ga. BCSO sent a canine team and additional officers to the Coast Guard Station to assist the feds in Bell’s arrest.

In a Kimberly’s Call Alert Bulletin issued by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Bell is wanted for probation violation of a child molestation charge. Bell was convicted in 2004 for molesting a girl in Tybee Island, Ga.

Alexander is being held at the Brevard County Jail awaiting extradition to Georgia, and the sailing vessel Showtime is at Station Port Canaveral. The crew of Station Canaveral is in touch with the owner and working to return the vessel to him.

The Showtime was reported stolen from Walsh’s Dock Marina Dock in Tybee Island April 10. Bell violated his probation by removing on or around April 5.

The U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and the Tybee Island Police Department are investigating the incident.

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