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."