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  • Homeless sex offender in Dover - Roland Edward Tarbutton Jr.

  • Delaware State Police are advising Dover residents of a homeless sex offender, Roland Edward Tarbutton Jr., who is living somewhere in the area.
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  • Delaware State Police are advising Dover residents of a homeless sex offender who is living somewhere in the area.
    The man is Roland Edward Tarbutton Jr., 69. Tarbutton is a Tier III, or high risk offender, convicted in 1985 for second-degree rape.
    Police emphasize that Tarbutton is not wanted for any crime; state law requires police to notify area residents when a known sex offender is living in their neighborhood. Law enforcement officials use the media to notify the entire community when a sex offender is listed as homeless.
    He is described as a white man, standing 5 feet 11 inches in height, weighing 169 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo on his left ankle and another, inscribed "Shirley" on his upper left arm.
    Anyone with information that Tarbutton is occupying a residence in the Dover area is asked to call (302) 672-5306, or use the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available at www.delaware.gov/apps.
    Information also may be provided to Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Information also may be provided via the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com. Send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

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