Probation and Parole issues mandatory meeting for sex offenders Halloween night

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District Manager Nicole Mitchell announces the Natchitoches District Probation and Parole Office will hold a mandatory meeting Wednesday, Oct. 31 for all convicted sex offenders under supervision with the Natchitoches District of Probation and Parole that are residing in the areas of the following parishes:Natchitoches, DeSoto, Sabine, Red River and Winn. The event will be at the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Community Service Division Office, 726 Third St., Natchitoches, from 5-8 p.m., considered peak trick-or-treating hours.

The aim is to keep all sex offenders, especially those under the supervision of the local State Probation and Parole Office, from any contact with children Halloween night. Officers will update official records, inform the local sex offenders of any new and/or revised laws and will review compliance issues. The offenders will be under close observation by officers with the Office of Probation and Parole. Offenders will not be left unattended. Only those sex offenders under supervision by the Natchitoches District Probation and Parole Office who have a valid and verified reason for not attending the meeting (employment, medical, etc.) may be excused, but they still must not have any contact with children that evening.

The event has been authorized by Natchitoches District Probation and Parole District Manager Nicole Mitchell. The meeting will be conducted by Supervisor and District Sex Offender Coordinator Waymon Clark, Supervisor Sederick Smith and Officers with Probation and Parole. Attendance requirement at this mandatory meeting only applies to those sexual offenders who are under the supervision of State Probation and Parole; however, an invitation has been extended to sex offenders residing in the five-parish area that are not currently under formal mandated supervision at this time.

Those offenders currently not under supervision may benefit from attending in an effort to avoid accusations of misconduct during trick-or-treating hours and the ability to acquire updates on new laws and revisions. For more information, contact the Natchitoches District Office of Probation and Parole at 318-357-3139.