Bossier Parish Launches New Sex Offender Program

By Adria Goins – bio|email

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) –  After  12-year-old, Justin Bloxom of Stonewall, was found dead in a wooded area off Highway 171 after allegedly being murdered by a registered sex offender, area law enforcement has heightened sex offender checks.

The Bossier Parish Sheriff's office recently started a program to keep more eyes on sex offenders, making sure they are following the law.

Detectives have started going door to door to make surprise stops to check in with offenders.  The sheriff's department has been testing this program for the past 90 days. They are making sure offenders are living where they say they are, aren't living too close to a school or day care, and are properly registered.

"When they are not following the rules many times they have to go back to jail," said Ed Baswell, Bossier City Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer.  "They have to go before a judge and they have to answer for why they have not been in compliance."

So far the department has watched the program become a success. They will cycle through 160-plus sex offenders, checking on each one, then start the process back over again.

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