Registered sex offenders required to register during evacuations

By: Matt Rist

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana's registered sex offenders and child predators are required to report their movements to local and state law enforcement officials, even during an evacuation because of a storm.

The Louisiana Attorney General released a statement urging offenders to check-in with their local parish sheriff or Office of Emergency Preparedness even if they are temporarily moving as a result of Hurricane Isaac.

"Under Louisiana law, you are required to notify law enforcement of any changes in residence, including any temporary situation that may cause an absence from your usual place of residence for more than seven days," according to the release.

If the registered sex offender or child predator is seeking shelter, local officials can direct you to a particular shelter.

Officials say offenders can also report their movements by logging onto the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association notification website at www.offenderwatchexpress.com. If you cannot access the internet, you must notify law enforcement agencies of any change in location.

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