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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Shreveport resident pleads guilty to failing to update his sex offender registration

SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Shreveport resident pleaded guilty Monday to failing to register his correct address for his sex offender identification.

Joseph Kelly Parson, 31, of Shreveport, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. to one count of failure to update his sex offender registration.  According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Parson did not update his sex offender registration when living at a Shreveport address from October 8, 2013 until November 12, 2014. Parson originally pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape in Liberty County, Ga., in 2004.  Upon release from prison, he was informed that he was required to register as a sex offender.  He was later found living in Texas in 2010 and served a term of imprisonment for failure to register as a sex offender in Texas.  After his release, Parson later moved to Shreveport but did not register in Louisiana as a sex offender.

Parson faces up to 10 years in prison, five years to life supervised release and a $250,000 fine.  A sentencing date of August 6, 2015 has been set.

The U.S. Marshals Service and Bossier City Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown is prosecuting the case.

Updated April 8, 2015