Louisiana readers may be aware that if you’re convicted of sex offenses, you’ll likely have to register as a sex offender. Most of the time, being charged with sex offenses and being then found guilty, will result in having to be placed on the sex offender’s list. This is done to help protect the public. However, if you’ve not committed this crime, then you may feel that this is an inappropriate list to have to be on. In some cases, like those involving teenagers who are roughly the same age going to court because their parents find out about them sleeping together, being registered as a sex offender could even be seen as too harsh a punishment. No matter what has been done or might have happened, it’s smart to look into your defensive options if you’ve been charged with this kind of crime. It might help you protect your reputation and keep you out of the media.
On Nov. 11, a report was released that one man was arrested and placed in jail after he failed to register as a sex offender. The 58-year-old man from Lake Charles was allegedly arrested by police on the 24000 block of Broad Street on Saturday night, according to the report from the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Reports show that the man had allegedly been convicted of forcible rape in Oct. 1999, and he failed to register as a sex offender in 2009 and 2011. At this time, police report that he was charged with failure to register as a sex offender, disturbing the peace and the failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements. His bail was reportedly set at $14,000.
Being charged with a sex crime is a difficult charge to bear, but you don’t have to go through it alone. You might want to discuss your case with an attorney or educated party to see what your choices are.
American Press, “Crime Roundup: Lake Charles sex offender arrested” No Author Given, Nov. 11, 2013