Lake Charles –
On July 15 at approximately 6:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling the area near OD Johnson Park in Lake Charles when they observed a suspicious car parked down the gravel maintenance road.
When the deputy made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Earl C. Butler, 52, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender, it was learned he was in possession of cocaine as well as drug paraphernalia. After further talking to Butler he advised deputies he moved to Lake Charles from Patterson, LA, approximately 3 weeks ago and had not notified local law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. It was also learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, which is also a violation of his sex offender registration requirements.
Butler was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. During the book-in process deputies located an additional crack rock in Butler’s pocket. Butler is charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender; possession of CDS II; possession of drug paraphernalia; and introduction of contraband into a penal institution. Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $9,000.
Butler was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 1989 in St. Mary Parish.
CPSO Deputy Jacob Williams was the arresting deputy on this case.