Man charged with sex offender registry violation

A homeless Morristown man who was convicted of second-degree rape 20 years ago has been charged with violating the sex offender registry law and crimes related to the alleged offense, authorities say.

Michael Anthony Bullabough, 51, was found living in the vacant building just west of St. Luke’s Physical Therapy on East Morris Boulevard, Bullabough’s belongings and paperwork were found in the building on Tuesday, according to officer Josh Akard with the Morristown Police Department.

Bullabough, who is classified as a violent sex offender, could face a sentencing enhancement because the building is located within 1,000 feet of Morristown-Hamblen High School East. Schools, public parks and daycare centers are places that convicted sex offenders can’t legally get near, according to state law.

Detective Lt. Vicki Arnold also charged Bullabough with burglary, vandalism and trespassing. The defendant had been found in the building earlier and had been told not to return. The property owners boarded the windows and conspicuously posted no-trespassing signs, according to a warrant.

This morning, Bullabough remained in the Hamblen County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.