Louisiana man arrested for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

Larry Landry Jr

A man was arrested outside the Pinehurst City Hall on Nov. 3 after failing to register as a sex offender as legally mandated, police in Pinehurst report. It was the man’s second arrest at the same location within a month.

According to a news release, on Monday, Nov. 3, at 3:44 p.m. Chief Fred R. Hanauer III of the Pinehurst Police Department observed "a suspicious white male" in the parking lot across the street from the Pinehurst City Hall building.  Chief Hanauer reportedly recognized the man as Larry Paul Landry Jr., a 35 year-old registered sex offender who lists a Vinton, La. address.  Records indicated that Landry was non-compliant in his registration duties.  A computer check revealed the man also had two outstanding warrants issued by the West Orange Municipal Court.  Landry was arrested and transported to the Orange County Jail for booking on those warrants.

Chief Hanauer contacted Calcasieu Parish, inquiring about Landry and any potential warrants there. Calcasieu Parish officials stated that Landry did indeed have an outstanding felony warrant issued by the parish for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.  Once PPD received confirmation of the warrant, Landry was booked on the felony warrant, as well.  He remains in the Orange County Jail with no bond at the time of this release.

Landry is required to register as a sex offender due to a 1998 conviction for "indecent behavior with juveniles," an offense defined by Louisiana statute 14:81 as, "(1)  Any lewd or lascivious act upon the person or in the presence of any child under the age of seventeen, where there is an age difference of greater than two years between the two persons. Lack of knowledge of the child's age shall not be a defense; or (2)  The transmission, delivery or utterance of any textual, visual, written, or oral communication depicting lewd or lascivious conduct, text, words, or images to any person reasonably believed to be under the age of seventeen and reasonably believed to be at least two years younger than the offender.  It shall not be a defense that the person who actually receives the transmission is not under the age of seventeen."

Incidentally, Landry is the same subject arrested on Oct. 16 in the parking lot of the Pinehurst City Hall/Police Department for Failure to Identify after he and a female acquaintance, identified by police as 40-year-old Bridget Kaye Freeland of Deweyville, were involved in a verbal altercation.  She was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance. 

When asked why he was in the parking lot across the street at the time of the most recent incident, Landry stated that once again he was waiting for a friend with court business at the Pinehurst Municipal Building. The related story can be found at http://theexaminer.com/stories/news/disturbance-pinehurst-city-hall-leads-arrest-possession-controlled-substance.