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Louisiana man arrested in Arkansas for failing to register as a sex offender

A Plaquemines Parish man who failed to register as a sex offender was arrested late last month in Arkansas, it was announced Wednesday. He is now being held in police custody without bail.

When he was arrested, the 49-year-old Venice, Louisiana, man allegedly told authorities that he was "tired of living on the run."

The man pleaded guilty to two counts of incest, the first in 1996 and the second in 1997, and was released in 2003. He was required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, a scarlet letter that impacted where he was able to live and, likely, where he was able to work.

The man did not register, however, and sometime in 2010, he went missing. On March 13, the Plaquemines Sheriff issued a request for other law enforcement agencies to help find him. He was arrested March 28.

We want to make perfectly clear that we in no way condone this man's reprehensible crimes, and we do not approve of his decision not to register as a sex offender. People should always comply with their legal obligations.

Many criminal law experts, however, are divided when it comes to how we treat sex offenders. Some point out that because we require them to register, they are never free to resume a normal life, even after they have paid their debt to society.

Does that argument get any traction with you, or do you think it is right to keep a registry of sex offenders?

Source: The New Orleans Times-Picayune, "A Plaquemines child molester, on the run since 2010, captured in Arkansas," Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, April 3, 2013

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