Halloween laws regarding sex offenders

The following is a News Release from the Lake Charles Police Department:

The Lake Charles Police Department announces their preparations in regards to sex offenders and the upcoming Halloween festivities.

In accordance with state law, members of the Lake Charles Police Department have been conducting compliance checks of sex offenders as it relates to upcoming Halloween events. Two specific laws LA R.S. 14:313(E) and LA R.S. 14:313.1 address a sex offender's restrictions and responsibilities during the Halloween holiday.

LA R.S. 14:313(E) Every person convicted of or who plead guilty to a sex offense is prohibited from using or wearing a hood, mask, or disguise of any kind with the intent to hide, conceal, or disguise his / her identity on or concerning Halloween.

LA R.S. 14:313.1 It shall be unlawful for any person convicted of or who pleads guilty to a sex offense to distribute candy or other gifts to persons under eighteen years of age on or concerning Halloween.

Signs which read "No candy at this residence" were provided to offenders who were encouraged to them to post them clearly at their residence.

Officers with the Lake Charles Police Department will be out Halloween night to ensure the above restrictions and responsibilities are being adhered to by sex offenders residing within the city. In addition to these compliance checks, additional officers will be on the road patrolling neighborhoods.

The City of Lake Charles will observe Halloween on Monday, October 31st. The City recommends that trick-or-treat activities end at 8:00pm that evening. Parents are encouraged to have their children home by 8:30pm unless they are attending a supervised function sponsored by other parents or civic organizations.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to call the Lake Charles Police Department Sex Offender Registration Division at 491-1456 ext. 1299.

Sgt. Don Cooper, Lake Charles Police Department