The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a convicted felon who escaped from a work-release job in Portage on Tuesday afternoon.


The sheriff’s office says Franklin Paul Damon Jr., 39, was serving time at the Northwest Community Correction Center after his conviction on a charge of gross sexual imposition in Wood County.

He was at his work-release job along South Dixie Highway near Portage when he walked away from the work site.

The sheriff’s office says Damon is classified as a Tier 1 sex offender. He has associates in Toledo, Bowling Green and Northwood.

Damon is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 6 feet tall, weighing 260 pounds.

Anyone with information on Damon’s whereabouts should contact the sheriff’s office at 419-354-9001.