Kinder officials agree to raise sex offender fees

By By Doris Maricle / American Press

KINDER — Officials here agreed Monday to raise the registration fees for sex offenders and child predators living or moving

into the town.

An ordinance unanimously adopted by the

council increases a one-time initial registration fee from $60 to $400

for newly convicted

offenders and those moving into the town. The annual renewal fee

will also increase from $60 to $100 for all offenders.

The fees are the same set by the Allen

Parish Police Jury last month and similar to recent increases imposed by

Lake Charles,

Sulphur, Westlake and other municipalities. Reeves is considering

adopting a similar fee structure, according to town attorney

Michael Holmes.

State law sets the annual fee at $60,

but allows municipalities to increase the costs for monitoring, tracking

and other services.

“The goal of the ordinance is to actually collect enough registration fees and renewal fees to cover the anticipated costs

of registering and monitoring these individuals,” Holmes said.

If the Police Department reports that it is costing more to track and monitor the offenders in the future, the council may

consider increasing the fees again, he said.

About 40 registered sex offenders live in Allen Parish. Of those fewer than a dozen live in Kinder.

Under the measure, offenders would face misdemeanor charges and a $500 fine for failure to pay the fee. Additional penalties

ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 could also be charged for those providing false information, failing to notify officials of

an address change and failing to notify the community of their residence.

The state requires sex offenders to

register with the Louisiana Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry,

update their information

more often and provide officials with new details of their

whereabouts.

The offenders have three levels of registration periods — 15 years, 25 years and lifetime — depending on the severity of the

offense committed.