Crime

Homeowner finds sex offender eating cereal in his kitchen

Michael White
Michael White

A sex offender wandered into someone else's home and helped himself to a bowl of cereal early Monday in Laurel County, according to a news release from Sheriff John Root.

The alleged intruder, Michael White, 36, later told police he thought the house belonged to his girlfriend, said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo Jr., spokesman for Root's office.

However, police have not confirmed whether White has a girlfriend who lives anywhere near the home where he was found, Acciardo said.

The incident happened just after 6 a.m. Monday on Pennington Drive, in the East Bernstadt area.

Mark Copeland had been in another part of his house, and he went into the kitchen and found White, whom he didn't know, fixing a bowl of cereal, Acciardo said.

The door of Copeland's home was not locked, Acciardo said.

Copeland, a truck driver, called police and prevented White from leaving until deputies arrived, Acciardo said.

White, who police said appeared impaired, scuffled with deputies after they arrived, according to the news release.

Police charged White with controlled-substance public intoxication, failing to comply with sex-offender registration, resisting arrest, giving police a false name and third-degree criminal mischief.

White was convicted of a sex offense in Massachusetts in 1993 and is required to register with authorities for the rest of his life, but he was not living at the place in Laurel County that he had reported as his home, Root said in the news release.

Deputy William Bo Harris will present evidence to a grand jury for a possible burglary charge against White, according to the news release.

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