Several recent posts on this blog have discussed the serious consequences that can accompany a conviction for a sex crime. Residents of Baton Rouge and other people in Louisiana need to remember that the label "sex crimes" does not just apply to more serious news-grabbers like rape or child sexual abuse. A person who simply made a mistake or who was in the wrong place at the wrong time can also be accused of a sex crime that can land a person on Louisiana's sex offender registry.
Being on the sex offender registry can cause tremendous damage to one's reputation and also has the potential to ruin one's professional life for a very long time, if not permanently. This is to say nothing about the fact that most sex crimes in Louisiana carry with them the possibility of a stiff jail sentence followed by highly restrictive probation terms.