A convicted sex offender who intentionally shed his tracking device and then was caught with children has been sentenced to four years in prison.
The sex offender, Kenneth Lee Burrus, 32, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of tampering with a tracking device and violation of the sexual offender law. He was given a four-year sentence to be served in the state penitentiary. He must also pay a $1,100 fine.
Burrus was tracked down by McMinnville police officers after they received a tip he was in McMinnville and was circumventing the requirement of his status as a sex offender.
“He was in violation of the sexual offender registry by cutting off his ankle monitor while he was in McMinnville,” said McMinnville police detective Todd Rowland.
Burrus was directed to wear an ankle monitor as part of his sentence. The monitor contains a GPS device so his supervising officer knows his whereabouts. Removing the monitor eliminates the officer’s ability to track him.
Along with cutting off his ankle monitor, Burrus was reportedly in direct violation of the terms of his release.
“He was located on Hardaway Street (West Riverside) in the company of two children, ages 3 and 5,” Rowland revealed. “The conditions of his parole as a sex offender requires he remain away from the company of children.”
On the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry, Burrus is classified as “sexual against children.” His listing on the registry comes for a conviction in 1999 for sexual battery. He is registered in Nashville where he lists himself as homeless.