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“Sex Offender” Halloween hysteria huge waste of time, money

By Sandy . . . I will give Louisiana credit for one thing: They don’t leave anyone guessing as to their cruelty and their ridiculousness. They codify it right into their laws. As we saw during the hurricane crises, a section of their law, RS29:726(i), states, “That a registered sexual offender shall not knowingly be housed or sheltered in shelters, hotels, Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer parks, or any other housing funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency where the general population of evacuees is staying.”

And now, with Halloween a little over a month away, the Hammond Star reminds everyone of the policies regarding those on the registry and Halloween activities:

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 their 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 18 years of age on or concerning Halloween.

So that everyone will know just how serious an issue this is, the Star tell us, “Sheriff’s deputies will be out Halloween night to ensure sex offenders in the parish are adhering to the above restrictions and responsibilities, [Sheriff] Edwards said. Additionally, deputies will be on the road patrolling neighborhoods.”

This would be laughable were it not such a waste of time, money, and effort, and were it not such a violation of the rights of those registrants who are no longer under community supervision.

A huge body of research into this issue shows no increased risk of sexual harm to children on Halloween or connected with Halloween, and extensive searching through records has failed to turn up a single instance in the United States of a child being harmed on Halloween by a person on the sex offender registry.

What is shown is that children are at increased risk on Halloween for injury or death by automobile while trick or treating.

Maybe while the Tangipahoa Parish deputies are out on Halloween making sure no child of a registrant is handing out candy from his or her home, they can manage a little time to keep an eye on the traffic.

 

 

 

This topic contains 16 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Mig 1 week ago.

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  • #21232 Reply

    david

    My first laugh of the day, thank you. Not that the situation we are in is funny- but it certainly is absurd.

    • #21351 Reply

      Mig

      I would like to point out that in Louisiana, it is illegal for a RSO to hand out candy to children on Halloween. However, it is NOT illegal to hand out candy to children the other 364 days a year.

      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 18 years of age on or concerning Halloween.

  • #21206 Reply

    Saddles

    You know each year sandy has brought up Halloween and I can see NARSOL’s point. Me I always wanted to be the lone ranger just like Maestro, but lets coin a new phrase. To take disadvantage of someone by a sexual means. Now think about that for a minute? Are not those men in blue taking advantage of someone by a sexual means especially in these internet schemes. I mean if every picture tells a story as our friend Rod Stewart said, than I would say their is something about this Trick or Treat. Sort of makes sense to me.
    Yes I use to like to go Tricking or Treating when I was a kid but soaping window’s is not the way, and with something like this sex offense ordeal hanging over one’s head I’m sure it is a bit un- constitutional, So could we all say who’s tricking who in this masquerade?

  • #21215 Reply

    C

    Not sure if anyone here has seen this. But this is quite an amazing video piece in the NY times.

    https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000005415081/a-frightening-myth-about-sex-offenders.html

  • #21191 Reply

    Nena

    I live in Louisiana and the SO laws and rules are ridiculous and down right disgusting! I guess being a sex offender here makes you less than human! You can have an entire family living next to an elementary school that is cooking Meth, get arrested, get out, and have no idea where those people move to. Allow them to do it again next to maybe a day care and endanger many children and homes if an explosion happens because of their life style. Let them hand out candy to children. The dangers are what sick minded people put in the candy. Responsible parents will not allow children to go out on their own. Not every sex offender is the same, but they are all umbrelled under the same laws. The ID requirements, the postings in the local news paper, post cards of their locations and pictures, where they work (if they are fortunate enough to get a job), having to renew your license Every Year, pay your fees to the sheriffs department every year and re-verify every 6 months regardless of any changes; all this out of the offenders pocket, who barely can make ends meet because out here, where do you work! Set up for failure. These laws are illegal, immoral, and inhumane.

    • #21325 Reply

      W.C._TN

      Yep. The laws are inhumane. They go against all that is humane and reasonable. Take heart, here and there around the nation these laws are starting to crumble under their own weight. It will not happen quickly, but whether they let on like it or not, you have to know every state sits up and takes notice when sex offenders win cases, especially in the various state supreme courts and the circuit courts of appeal.

      Here in TN we have a 10-11 day curfew that runs until the morning after Halloween. We have to be in our houses at 6 p.m. with all external lighting extinguished. We cannot answer our doors for anyone; that is everyone except the parole officers come to do home searches. The house is searched from attic to every other room in the house. Then our outdoor storage sheds are searched. We can’t have any fall or Halloween-related decorations inside or out. No handing out candy, of course.

      I e-mailed the local media and defied them to point out ONE incident where a child was accosted by a registered sex offender during the Halloween season. Guess what? They never acknowledged my e-mail. I e-mailed local media about the Polk County Sheriff denying shelter to registrants. Guess what? They never acknowledged my e-mail. The media is definitely on the side of stirring the pile to make it stink as much as it possibly can. They get ratings off supposed vulnerabilities (loopholes) in the sex offender laws and talking about the dangers of sexual predators during Halloween.

  • #21089 Reply

    Maestro

    “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 their identity on or concerning Halloween.”

    Buuuuut, if you’re any other typical criminal, feel free to wear anything you want to disguise your identity while robbing a convenience store or pick a thug style street fight with other trick or treaters and rob kids of their candy and their parents of their wallets.
    Hey, it IS a “free” country after all.

    I don’t wish harm on anyone but wouldn’t it be a slap in LE’s faces if someone with no criminal record try or managed to rape someone while dressed up for Halloween?

    • #21108 Reply

      Mig

      Maestro,
      Actually, according to the entire statute (Louisiana 14:313) it is illegal for ANYONE to wear a hood, mask, disguise, etc. in public except at Halloween, Mardi Gras, etc. Paragraph E then points out that the ban applies to sex offenders also at Halloween.
      Keep in mind that the Louisiana law could include football facemasks, motorcycle helmets, etc. The Louisiana legislature finally addressed this during the spring and now a person can wear a welding mask, etc. But, I guess that sex offenders better take the day off on Halloween if they are a welder. Note that in C3 a head covering is allowed in “religious beliefs or customs”. This means the Klan is exempt from the “hood law”.
      While the USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the USA at nearly double the national average.
      Here is the text from Louisiana 14:313…
      A. No person shall use or wear in any public place of any character whatsoever, or in any open place in view thereof, a hood or mask, or anything in the nature of either, or any facial disguise of any kind or description, calculated to conceal or hide the identity of the person or to prevent his being readily recognized.
      B. Whoever violates this Section shall be imprisoned for not less than six months nor more than three years.
      C. Except as provided in Subsection E of this Section, this Section shall not apply:
      (1) To activities of children on Halloween, to persons participating in any public parade or exhibition of an educational, religious, or historical character given by any school, church, or public governing authority, or to persons in any private residence, club, or lodge room.
      (2) To persons participating in masquerade balls or entertainments, to persons participating in carnival parades or exhibitions during the period of Mardi Gras festivities, to persons participating in the parades or exhibitions of minstrel troupes, circuses, or other dramatic or amusement shows, or to promiscuous masking on Mardi Gras which are duly authorized by the governing authorities of the municipality in which they are held or by the sheriff of the parish if held outside of an incorporated municipality.
      (3) To persons wearing head covering or veils pursuant to religious beliefs or customs.
      D. All persons having charge or control of any of the festivities set forth in Paragraph B(2) of this Section, shall, in order to bring the persons participating therein within the exceptions contained in Paragraph B(2), make written application for and shall obtain in advance of the festivities from the mayor of the city, town, or village in which the festivities are to be held, or when the festivities are to be held outside of an incorporated city, town, or village, from the sheriff of the parish, a written permit to conduct the festivities.  A general public proclamation by the mayor or sheriff authorizing the festivities shall be equivalent to an application and permit.
      E. Every person convicted of or who pleads guilty to a sex offense specified in R.S. 24:932, is prohibited from using or wearing a hood, mask or disguise of any kind with the intent to hide, conceal or disguise his identity on or concerning Halloween, Mardi Gras, Easter, Christmas, or any other recognized holiday for which hoods, masks, or disguises are generally used.

      Stay out of Louisiana… they’re out to get everyone!

      • #21131 Reply

        Maestro

        “A. No person shall use or wear in any public place of any character whatsoever, or in any open place in view thereof, a hood or mask, or anything in the nature of either, or any facial disguise of any kind or description, calculated to conceal or hide the identity of the person or to prevent his being readily recognized.”

        Then Antifa better not protest in Loui….on second thought, perhaps they should! Mwwaahahaahaha!

        Well, like I said, for Halloween , a sexual offense as well as any other type of criminal activity can happen with the costumes on the wrong kinds of criminal minded people. But let’s just pick on the already convicted SO’s.

      • #21112 Reply

        Sandy
        Keymaster

        As I was reading this over for posting, little bells started ringing, and I went on a hunt for something that I was sure I remembered writing and getting published. And I found it. Sure enough, five years ago, I wrote this op-ed on that very subject and it was printed at houmatoday.com.
        http://www.houmatoday.com/news/20121113/going-after-christmas

        • #21335 Reply

          W.C._TN

          Sandy, I read the article you linked to. I also left a comment. Well-said. I think the Christmas and Easter prohibitions can be challenged on 1st Amendment grounds since Catholic and Protestant denominations consider Easter and Christmas to be religious observances and exchanging gifts a perpetuation of the gifts brought to the baby Jesus by the Magi. Someone needs to seriously sue the state of LA for their PUNITIVE laws. You can’t call denying shelter in the face of a killer hurricane or the right to exchange Christmas gifts with the family anything other than the most spiteful of punishments. Louisiana’s laws scream, “Screw you and your family. Yeah, what we’re doing is really cruddy, but you’re a sex offender so screw you and any other scum who would dare claim you, love you, befriend you, or support you in any way!!! That includes your little rugrats!! Screw them too!!! Why are we screwing you so hard? Because everyone hates your guts and we can get away with it!!!”

  • #21077 Reply

    Mig

    I am a tier 1 RSO living in Louisiana and in mid-October, the monthly compliance sheriff deputy comes to my house and makes me sign a paper acknowledging that I understand the above mentioned laws. This paper also suggests that I stay home, stay inside, and turn off any outside lights. Then he hands me a sign to put on my door that says, “No Candy at This Residence”. Each year I ask him if it is illegal for me to have candy in my home. Each year he says it is not. Then I ask him why he is forcing me to lie. Each year he gets mad and tells me to stop being difficult. Then I ask him if there is a law forcing me to post his “No Candy” sign. He tells me there is not. So, I take his sign and tear it up as he watches and I toss it in the trash. Then I ask him if there is a law forbidding me from handing out candy outside of Halloween. He glances at the paper in his hand and tells me there is not. I ask him if he now understands how stupid this law is. He gets mad again and then he leaves. I do this each year…each year…each year… each year.

    • #21094 Reply

      Jack

      MIG , I would love to here more about your parish. The JPSO does not do this, but i could see it happening.

    • #21091 Reply

      Fred
      Keymaster

      The reason he gets mad is because yes he does know how stupid it is and he is frustrated with trying to justify it. He is being defensive, very similar to a certain group of people who get mad when you challenge their politics. They know they are wrong, but are gripping tightly to their false narrative, because the shame of admitting they are wrong would be unbearable. This deputy made a conscious decision to go against his better judgement to harass people who are not doing anything wrong, he admits he is not enforcing any written law. So yeah, he knows how stupid the whole thing is.

      This year ask him if there is a law that says you have to sign the paper. I would like to know.

      • #21093 Reply

        Mig

        Actually, I have asked him if I am required to sign it. He said I don’t HAVE to. But I do sign it, make HIM sign it, and then I make a copy of it while he stands there waiting for my printer to warm up. It is several minutes of uncomfortable silence for him. Also, I record him from the time he knocks on the door till he leaves and I let him know I am recording him. He used to come by once a month, but now he comes by every other month or two. On those times that he does not come by, he calls and asks me if “anything has changed”. When I tell him it has not, then he marks me down as “compliant”.
        I am not on probation/supervision anymore but when I was, the “probe officer” (fitting name) would come by my house every other week until I began asking him/her if they “know Jesus” and I would “witness” to them hardcore whenever they would come by. They then cut down on their visits to once every two months after I started doing that… sometimes less. I didn’t even see them at all the last 3 months of probation. I can only imagine it is because they got so uncomfortable around me.

    • #21086 Reply

      Maestro

      YEAH!!! Thumbs up!!!!

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