JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WHLT) – An absconded sex offender from Jones County was arrested on Monday, January 3.

Hattiesburg police said Michael Joe Whitaker, 49, is a sex offender and child predator that was a serious threat to public safety. He was arrested on Highway 49 around 10:15 p.m.

Whitaker was booked into the Forrest County Jail.