BROOKSVILLE - James Bos, 54, was arrested Thursday evening after sheriff's deputies saw him and another man burning plastic and rubber materials on Oakdale Avenue.
A background check revealed Bos was convicted of a lewd and lascivious assault on a child under 16 in 1997 and failing to register as a sex offender when he moved back to Hernando County from Mississippi.
Bos was most recently registered as a sex offender in Illinois, according to the sheriff's office.
Booking records show Bos lives on Oakdale Avenue in Brooksville.
Bos told law enforcement he was aware sex offenders are required to report their new address within 48 hours of moving but failed to do so.
Bos was booked on a conservation charge for the illegal burn and for the sex offender violation. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 total bond. If released, Bos will need to wear a monitoring device, according to jail records.
Michael Perry, who was helping Bos burn the items, including a lawn mower grill, air mattress and plastic computer parts, was also booked on the illegal burn charge. Perry, 62, who shares Bos' Oakdale Avenue address, is being held on $1,000 bond.
Court records show Perry has been found guilty of possession of paraphernalia in the past.