VERNON PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A convicted sex offender from Sabine Parish who was reportedly out-of-compliance with state registration laws was arrested in Leesville, according to a news release from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Sam Craft said on Saturday, an off-duty police officer was driving through Leesville and spotted Jay B. Gabler. The officer recognized Gabler as an out-of-compliance sex offender.
Gabler, 56, was later located by Vernon deputies in a wooded area in the southern part of Leesville.
Craft said Gabler later told investigators that he had been staying in Vernon Parish for about three weeks.
"As a registered sex offender, a subject has only 72 hours to register if he moves into another jurisdiction," Craft said.
Gabler was arrested on one count of failure to register as a sex offender and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail. Bond was set at $10,000.
Craft said a search of Gabler's criminal history revealed that his criminal history extends back as far as 1981, and includes charges of simple burglary, manslaughter and sexual battery upon a child.