Sex offenders are required to register with authorities anytime they move. Here in Baton Rouge, State Police tell us there are dozens of offenders not in compliance. Sex offenders are required to check in with police every year to let them know where they’re living and provide other information. There are a number of convicted sex offenders who aren’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing.
You can look up sex offenders online, it’s all public record and available on the State Police website. If you search in Baton Rouge, you’ll find dozens of sex offenders labeled as non-compliant. Louisiana State Police Markus Smith says they, “Either have failed to register, failed to notify with an update of address, or did not meet their requirements they were supposed to meet under the guidelines set forth by the law.”
Sex offenders are listed alphabetically on the State Police website. Going through the list in Baton Rouge, we found 26 offenders out of compliance before we got to the letter “H.” “We encourage the public to contact us. Let us know, ‘Hey, I know where this guy is or we seen him. Here’s the address,’ because we may not have a good address for that person.” State Police say many of the non-compliant sex offenders simply moved and haven’t notified police of their new address and aren’t necessarily a danger to the community, but could be living nearby without you knowing. “It’s going to be incumbent on that offender. We can watch, we can try to monitor their activities, but they have a responsibility they have to live up to as well.”
The State Police sex offender website is set up to let you know where convicted sex offenders are living, but dozens of sex offenders breaking the law and not keeping police notified of their address have investigators concerned. State Police want you to let them know if you’ve seen non-compliant sex offenders.
Click here to look at sex offenders in your neighborhood.