A convicted sex offender who reportedly absconded from South Carolina and lived in Bulloch County without registering is now behind bars.
Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said Edward Lee Dean, 35, Greenwood, South Carolina, left that state sometime before March and fled to Bulloch County, where he lived at Plantation Mobile Home Mobile Home Park on U.S. 80 East until around September.
Bulloch County Sheriff’s investigators were informed by a concerned citizen in September that Dean was living there, and had failed to register as a convicted sex offender with local law enforcement, as required by law, he said.
Dean was convicted in 1998 in Greenwood, SC on charges of criminal sexual contact with a minor, he said.
After securing a warrant for Dean’s arrest for failure to register as a convicted sex offender in September, investigators were unable to locate him. “Credible information suggested he fled back to South Carolina.”
But last month, the South Carolina Highway Patrol arrested Dean during an accident investigation, Anderson said. Dean was extradited back to Bulloch County recently and remains in the Bulloch County Jail as he awaits “further judicial action,” he said.
Anyone who knows of a convicted sex offender who has absconded from supervision or has moved into Bulloch County without registering with the sheriff’s department is urged to contact Bulloch County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator, Capt. Todd Hutchens, at 912-764-1787.
Anonymous tips can also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.