Ex-Gulf Breeze mayor charged with stalking, sexual offense

Investigation into ex-Gulf Breeze mayor and Capital Trust Agency head Edward “Ed” Gray, III resulted in charges ranging from stalking to felony sexual video voyeurism. 

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Edward “Ed” Gray

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Aug. 5 raided Gray’s home at 1 Gray Oaks Lane in Gulf Breeze as part of an “active investigation.” Details of the nature of the investigation were not shared at the time.

Gray was booked into Santa Rosa County Jail Monday on charges from FDLE of felony sexual offense video voyeurism, felony eavesdropping illegal interception of communications, misdemeanor cyberstalking and misdemeanor public order crimes installing a tracking device or application.

FDLE representatives did not immediately respond to request for comment on the case.   

Gray has a background in finance and government. He served on the Gulf Breeze City Council in 1980 and was elected mayor of the city from 1984 to 1992. Gray also served on the Santa Rosa County School Board from 2001 to 2010 as the Gulf Breeze area representative. He served on the Santa Rosa County economic development council, as a board member of Baptist Health Care and on the board of Rebuild of Northwest Florida.

Gray served as the executive director of Capital Trust Agency, created by City of Gulf Breeze and town of Century, but recently resigned the position. Capital Trust Agency has financed more than $2.6 billion to IRS tax-exempt projects according to the website.


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