Posted: Oct 8, 2013 9:36 AM by AP (PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)
OBERLIN, La. (AP) - The Allen Parish Police Jury has agreed to increase registration fees for convicted sex offenders living in the parish.
The American Press reports an ordinance adopted by the Police Jury on Monday will boost sex offenders' registration fees from $60 to $100 annually. A one-time initial fee of $400 will be charged for newly convicted offenders and those moving into the parish for the first time.
"I realize places in Calcasieu Parish like Lake Charles and Sulphur are charging $200 to $400, but there is some talk whether civil action will be brought (against them)," Sheriff Doug Hebert III said.
Allen Parish will begin collecting the increased renewal fees on the next date of renewal for each registered offender or when a new offender registers for the first-time, Hebert said.
Offenders will face a $500 penalty for failure to pay the fees. Additional penalties of $1,000 to $3,000 could be charged for providing false information, including failing to provide a change of address or failure to notify the community of their residence.
Allen Parish currently has nearly 40 registered sex offenders, most of them living in the Oakdale and Kinder areas.