The Leesville District of Probation and Parole Office will be holding a mandatory meeting for all convicted sex offenders under their supervision in Vernon and Beauregard parishes from 5-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 on the second floor of the Historic Courthouse in Leesville.
The aim is to keep all sex offenders, especially those under the supervision of the local State Probation and Parole Office, from any contact with children on Halloween night.
Officers will inform the local sex offenders of any new and/or revised laws and to review compliance issues with them. The offenders will be under close observation by officers with the Office of Probation and Parole, Leesville Police Department, and deputies with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office. The offenders will not be left unattended. Only those sex offenders under supervision by the Leesville Probation and Parole Office who have a valid and verified reason for not attending the meeting (employment, medical, etc.) may be excused, but they still must not have any contact with children on that evening.
The event has been authorized by Leesville Probation and Parole District Administrator Sandra Ortego, Leesville City Chief of Police Greg Hill and Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft. The meeting will be conducted by Supervisor and District Sex Offender Coordinator Paul Cryer and officers with probation and parole.
Attendance requirement at this mandatory meeting only applies to those sexual offenders who are under the supervision of State Probation and Parole. However, an invitation has been extended to sex offenders currently residing in the two-parish area that are not currently under formal mandated supervision at this time. Those offenders currently not under supervision may benefit from attendance at the meeting in an effort to avoid accusations of misconduct during trick or treating hours and the ability to acquire updates on new laws and revisions.
For more information, contact the Leesville District Office of Probation and Parole at (337) 238-6427.