Homeless child sex offender faces new charges, sheriff’s department says

Jared Anthony Epperson
Jared Anthony Epperson

A homeless man on probation for child sex crime convictions has been arrested on warrants that allege he stole a car.

Jared Anthony Epperson, 28, has been living in Pass Christian, the Mississippi Sex Offender Registry shows.

He had been convicted of touching a child for lustful purposes and sexual battery in Harrison County on July 7, 2009. Epperson also was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in Lafayette, Louisiana, on June 30, 2008.

He was reporting to the Harrison County sheriff’s sex offender unit for state-required registration, said Investigator Coley Judy. Homeless sex offenders can register without an address, but are required to keep their sheriff’s department advised of the general area where they’re living.

Hancock County deputies arrested Epperson on June 30 on charges of taking a motor vehicle and malicious mischief, Judy said. The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued a warrant to detain him.

Epperson was taken to the Harrison County jail Thursday and was served with warrants on alleged probation violations. He is being held with no bond pending a hearing.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews