New Sex Offender Task Force

Friday, February 6, 2009 - 7:02pm

We’re tracking sex offenders again. Nearly 1,400 offenders are still on the streets of Louisiana and they’re not registering with authorities. But as Emily Turner found out, a new team of crime fighters is going after them.

The U.S. Marshal Service is now teaming up with local and state agencies with the mission of keeping track of every sex offender who’s out there.

Sex offenders are often times living illegally among us, choosing not to identify themselves and leaving people outraged and in fear. State Police Sgt. Markus Smith says, “Updating addresses that did not meet their requirements they were supposed to meet under the guidelines set forth in the law.”

Now, the U.S. Marshals for the middle district of Louisiana are ready to unveil their newest weapon to fight back against sex offenders. A special task force was created to supplement the already strong commitment of local and state agencies to tracking down these dangerous criminals.

United State Marshal Carey Jenkins says, “People in these agencies are already working these sex offenders. They’re working them already; this is just a way to make their jobs easier and more effective.” Deputy Brian Lucio explains, “We’re just identifying those people in those agencies so they can have full capacity to do what they need to do.”

Jenkins says the task force will open up channels of communication among law enforcement agencies at an unprecedented level. The task force is sending out a strong warning to make Louisiana a safer place to live.

Convicted sex offenders are required to register their information in person at their local Sheriff’s Department.