Update: Violent sex offender captured

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By Damon Lawrence

Registered sex offender Charles Daniel Mullins was captured Wednesday night. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Mullins was arrested at a home on Unaka Street in Harriman.

"We just kind of cornered him in and he didn't have anywhere to go," Stockton said. "We arrested him without incident."

Stockton said he was glad to have Mullins off the street. Mullins was convicted in Cumberland County in 2005 for criminal attempt to commit rape. He also has a rape charge pending in Roane County Criminal Court.

"We got some leads today on what he'd be doing after dark," Stockton said. "We followed those leads and we had someone working with us to help us apprehend him."

For more on this story, read Friday's edition of the Roane County News.

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Authorities were on a manhunt for a violent sex offender Tuesday.

Charles Daniel Mullins, who is accused of raping a teenage girl last year, was released from jail in May after he made bond.

District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Mullins ditched his ankle bracelet and is on the run from authorities.

“They’ve called out the canine unit from Morgan County Correctional,” Johnson said. “They were chasing him between Oakdale and Harriman on the Roane-Morgan County line through some woods.”

Johnson said the Harriman Police Department, Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and Morgan County Correctional are involved in the manhunt.

“We searched a house in Harriman, and he wasn’t there,” Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes said. “Now we’re following up on leads.”

Mullins was on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry from a 2005 conviction of criminal attempt to commit rape in Cumberland County when he was indicted for rape by the Roane County grand jury in 2012.

On the Cumberland County conviction, he was sentenced to community supervision for life and ordered to wear a GPS tracking unit. Mullins was arrested last September for allegedly removing his tracking unit.

“We didn’t want his bond reduced, and we didn’t want him out, but he got his bond reduced and got out on an ankle bracelet,” Johnson said.

Johnson said Mullins didn’t report his location to the proper authorities when he got out of jail on bond in May, so he was charged with violation of community supervision.

“There was a violation issued,” Johnson said. “They went to look for him and couldn’t find him. He’d slipped his ankle bracelet.”

Mullins is classified as a violent sex offender on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry.