Authorities: Non-compliant sex offender arrested in Leesville

Jay B. Gabler (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
Jay B. Gabler (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)

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.

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