Lake Charles –
On June 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit received information concerning convicted sex offender James Crooks, 51, 1020 Gulf Street, Lake Charles, having a social media page. Crooks, who was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in Lafayette Parish in 1986 and sexual battery in 2006 in Calcasieu Parish, is prohibited from having any social media due to the age of his victims. After further investigation detectives found that Crooks did have an active Facebook account.
On June 29 Judge Ron Ware signed a warrant for Crooks’ arrest in the amount of $6,000 for unlawful use of a social networking website. Crooks was located later the same day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center for unlawful use of a social networking website. Crooks was able to bond out later the same night.
CPSO Detective Allison Toups is the lead investigator on this case.