District Administrator Sandra Ortego announces that for the ninth year in a row the Leesville

District Pardon & Parole Office will hold a mandatory meeting on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, for all

convicted sex offenders under supervision with the Leesville District that are residing in the areas of Vernon and Beauregard Parishes.

The event will be held at the West Louisiana Forestry Festival building located at 276 HM Stevenson Blvd., Leesville, from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., considered peak trick or treating hours.

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, according to a news release.

Officers will update official records, inform the local sex offenders of any new and/or revised laws, and will review compliance issues with them. The offenders will be under close observation by officers with the Office of Probation and Parole. 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, Ortega said.

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


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.

Last year’s meeting was extremely successful in terms of both attendance and review of compliance issues, officials said.

For more information, contact the Leesville District Office of Probation and Parole at 337-238- 6427.