Sex offender arrested at library

Richard W. Black

A walk-through of the Natchitoches Parish Library-Campti Branch by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies Monday led to the arrest of a convicted sex offender according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones.

Patrol deputies were at the Natchitoches Parish Library-Campti Branch Sept. 10 about 4 p.m. when they recognized Richard W. Black, 61, a known sex offender inside the library.

Deputies arrested Black on violation of state sex offender laws which prohibits convicted sex offenders from being on public library property when victims are under the age 13.

Black was convicted in the Tenth Judicial District Court in 1988 and again in 2016 for indecent behavior with a juvenile. The victims were under the age of 13.

Black is classified as a Tier III offender which requires him to register as a sex offender for life.

Black, of 200 block of Sonny Black Road, Campti, was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with one count of unlawful presence of a sex offender in a public library.

Deputies said Black stated he had been visiting the library off and on for over a year.

In 2016 and 2017, Black signed a Sex Offender Registration Notification Act Agreement stating that a sex offender convicted of a sex offense when the victim is under the age of 13 cannot physically be present or on the property of a public library.

Black remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting judicial criminal proceedings.

NPSO Sex Offender Coordinator Detective J. Byles is assisting in the investigation.

Deputies S. Axsom and T. Johnson made the arrest.