Saturday, June 13, 2009

Deputies Arrest 23 Convicted Sex Offenders

Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested 23 convicted sex offenders accused of failure to comply with registration requirements and are seeking 20 others who remain at large, the Sheriff’s Office said.

This week, the Sheriff’s Office and several other agencies conducted a roundup based on visits to 120 residences in the parish as part of an effort to locate 43 people, deputies said in a statement Friday.

The roundup was preceded by weeks of tracking down convicted sex offenders’ last known addresses within the parish, deputies said.

Eight residences are within the city limits of Hammond and two are within the city limits of Ponchatoula, deputies said.

The parish Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshals Service, Louisiana State Office of Probation and Parole, Louisiana State Police and the U.S. Secret Service participated in the roundup, deputies said.

Deputies also have formed a sex offender compliance unit made up of detectives assigned to monitor convicted sex offenders, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The unit is designed to ensure residents have accurate, reliable information on convicted sex offenders through an online registry on the Sheriff’s Office Web site at, deputies said.

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