Terms Used In Louisiana Revised Statutes 15:542.1

A.  Any adult residing in this state who has pled guilty to, has been convicted of, or where adjudication has been deferred or withheld for the perpetration or attempted perpetration of, or conspiracy to commit, a sex offense as defined in R.S. 15:541 or a criminal offense against a minor as defined in R.S. 15:541 shall be required to provide the following notifications

(1)  Give notice of the crime for which he was convicted, his name, residential address, a description of his physical characteristics as provided in R.S. 15:542(C)(1), and a photograph or copy thereof to all of the following:

(a)  At least one person in every residence or business within a one-mile radius in a rural area and a three-tenths of a mile radius in an urban or suburban area of the address of the residence where the offender will reside upon release, including all adults residing in the residence of the offender.

(b)(i)  The superintendent of the school district where the offender will reside, who shall notify the principal of every school located within a one-mile radius of the address where the offender will reside and may notify the principals of other schools as he deems appropriate.  The notice sent by the superintendent shall be accompanied by two clear, recent photographs, or a clear photocopy thereof, of the offender.  The photographs, which shall be provided by the offender, shall be taken after release and within sufficient time to accompany the notification which is required under the provisions of this Chapter.  The principal of any such school, upon receipt of the notification from the superintendent pursuant to the provisions of this Subparagraph, shall post notices at the school, in conspicuous areas accessible by all students attending the school, which contain a photograph of the offender and which state the offender’s name, address, and a statement on the notice, commensurate with the education level of the school, which in the discretion of the principal, appropriately notifies the students of the potential danger of the offender.

(ii)  Failure of the superintendent or principal to comply with the provisions of this Subparagraph shall not be construed to impose civil liability on any person.

(c)  The lessor, landlord, or owner of the residence or the property on which he resides.

(d)  The superintendent of any park, playground, or recreation districts within the designated area where the offender will reside, who shall notify the custodians of the parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities in the designated area and may notify the custodians of other parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities as he deems appropriate.  The custodian of any such park, playground, and recreational facility, upon receipt of the notification, shall post notices in conspicuous areas at the park, playground, or recreational facility which state the offender’s name, address, and the crime for which he was convicted.  Failure of the superintendent or custodian to comply with the provisions of this Subparagraph shall not be construed to impose civil liability on any person.  The notice sent by the superintendent shall be accompanied by two clear, recent photographs, or a clear photocopy thereof, of the offender.  The photographs, which shall be provided by the offender, shall be taken after release and within sufficient time to accompany the notification which is required under the provisions of this Chapter.

(e)  Notwithstanding the provisions of Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, persons convicted of R.S. 14:89 shall not be required to furnish a photograph as required by that Paragraph.

(2)(a)  Give notice of the crime for which he was convicted, his name, jurisdiction of conviction, a description of his physical characteristics as required by this Section, and his physical address by mail to all people residing within the designated area within twenty-one days of the date of conviction, if the offender is not taken into custody at the time of conviction, or within twenty-one days of the date of release from confinement or within twenty-one days of establishing residency in the locale where the offender plans to have his domicile, and the notice shall be published on two separate days within the applicable period provided for herein, without cost to the state, in the official journal of the governing authority of the parish where the defendant plans to reside and, if ordered by the sheriff or police department or required by local ordinance, in a newspaper which meets the requirements of R.S. 43:140(3) for qualification as an official journal and which has a larger or smaller circulation in the parish than the official journal.  The notice provided to the official journal or other designated newspaper pursuant to this Subparagraph shall also include a recent photograph of the offender or a clear photocopy of a recent photograph of the offender.

(b)  Those persons required to provide community notification pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall provide such community notification every five years from the date of the previous notification.

(c)  The sheriff or police department may order that the notice be published in a newspaper which meets the requirements of R.S. 43:140(3) for qualification as an official journal and which has a larger circulation in the parish than the official journal.

(d)  Notwithstanding the provisions of Subparagraphs (a) and (b) of this Paragraph, persons convicted of R.S. 14:92(A)(7) shall not be required to publish notice of the crime for which they were convicted in the official journal or any newspaper required by those Subparagraphs.

(3)  Give any other notice deemed appropriate by the court in which the defendant was convicted of the offense that subjects him to the duty to register, including but not limited to signs, handbills, bumper stickers, or clothing labeled to that effect.

(4)  State under oath, at the time of sentencing, where he will reside after sentencing or release.

(5)  Post the number of his physical address in a conspicuous place on the outside of his residence.  The posted number shall be prominently displayed and shall be of a sufficient size and legibility such that it will be visible to an ordinarily observant person approaching the residence during the daylight hours.

B.(1)  Any person required to register pursuant to R.S. 15:542 who provides recreational instruction to persons under the age of seventeen years shall post a notice in the building or facility where such instruction is being given.  This notice shall contain the name and photograph of the sex offender, the date and jurisdiction of conviction, and the crime for which he was convicted.  Such notification shall be prominently displayed and shall be of sufficient size to alert persons entering such building or facility that the recreational instructor is a convicted sex offender.

(2)  For purposes of this Subsection, “recreational instruction” refers to instruction or lessons on noneducational activities, including but not limited to martial arts, dancing, theater, and music.

C.  Any juvenile required to register in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter shall be exempt from any notification requirements of this Section except for the notification required by the provisions of Subsection B of this Section.

D.(1)  Any person who is required to register pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter, who is otherwise not prohibited from using a networking website, and who creates a profile or who uses the functionality of a networking website to contact or attempt to contact other networking website users shall include in his profile for the networking website an indication that he is a sex offender or child predator and shall include notice of the crime for which he was convicted, the jurisdiction of conviction, a description of his physical characteristics as required by this Section, and his residential address.  The person shall ensure that this information is displayed in his profile for the networking website and that such information is visible to, or is able to be viewed by, other users and visitors of the networking website.

(2)(a)  For purposes of this Subsection, “networking website” means an Internet website, the purpose of which is social interaction with other networking website users, which contains profile web pages of the members of the website that include the names or nicknames of such members, that allows photographs and any other personal or personally identifying information to be placed on the profile web pages by such members, and which provides links to other profile web pages on the networking website of friends or associates of such members that can be accessed by other members or visitors to the website.  A networking website provides members of, or visitors to, such website the ability to leave messages or comments on the profile web page that are visible to all or some visitors to the profile web page and may also include a form of electronic mail for members of the networking website.

(b)  For purposes of this Subsection, “networking website” shall not include any of the following:

(i)  An Internet website the primary purpose of which is the facilitation of commercial transactions involving goods or services between its members or visitors.

(ii)  An Internet website the primary purpose of which is the dissemination of news.

(iii)  An Internet website of a governmental entity.

Acts 1997, No. 1147, §1, eff. July 14, 1997; Acts 1999, No. 594, §§1, 2; Acts 2001, No. 1206, §1; Acts 2002, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 83, §1; Acts 2003, No. 215, §1; Acts 2003, No. 216, §1; Acts 2003, No. 821, §1; Acts 2003, No. 892, §1; Acts 2004, No. 147, §1; Acts 2006, No. 186, §§2, 3, eff. June 2, 2006; Acts 2006, No. 204, §1; Acts 2007, No. 460, §2, eff. Jan. 1, 2008; Acts 2008, No. 816, §1; Acts 2010, No. 413, §1; Acts 2010, No. 859, §1; Acts 2012, No. 50, §1; Acts 2012, No. 385, §1.