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St. Mary Parish man pleads guilty to shirking sex offender registration requirements

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

LAFAYETTE, La. Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a St. Mary Parish man pleaded guilty last week to moving to Texas without updating his sex offender registration.


Forrest Tucker, 54, of Morgan City, La., pleaded guilty Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol Whitehurst to one count of failure to register as a sex offender. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell. According to the guilty plea, Tucker was convicted of a felony on April 17, 2008 that required him to register as a sex offender. After he served seven years in prison, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s officers checked his address after his release in 2014, and Tucker was found absent from his Morgan City residence. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and U.S. Marshals arrested Tucker on May 4, 2017 in a hotel in San Antonio, Texas.


Tucker faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set sentencing for November 30, 2017.


The U.S. Marshals Service and the St. Mary Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph T. Mickel is prosecuting the case.

Updated September 26, 2017