TPSO detectives searching for pair of sex offenders

TANGIPAHOA PARISH – The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for help locating a pair of non-compliant sex offenders.

Officials say Mark Anthony Spears, 57, and Robert Charles Scott, 44, are wanted by TPSO for failure to register as sex offenders.

A sex offender is defined as anyone who has committed sexual violence towards a minor or adult. Failing to register as a sex offender means the person has failed to check in with the Sex Offender Compliance Office as required, thus failing to exchange relevant information such as their home address, or any changes thereto.

Spears and Scott are both Tier III offenders, which means they are required to register every three months for the rest of their life, according to TPSO.

“In the state of Louisiana, sex offenders must register within three business days of their release from jail,” said Tangipahoa Parish Chief Jimmy Travis.

Federal law requires law enforcement agencies to notify local schools, social service agencies, volunteer organizations, and public housing authorities of all registered sex offenders in the area. Registered sex offenders cannot acquire certain jobs such as school jobs, daycare jobs, and even public transportation jobs and must stay a specific distance away from schools, daycares, playgrounds, and any other locations where children go frequently.

Anyone with information on the two offenders should call the sex offender compliance office at 985-748-3335, OR Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous. To submit an anonymous tip, call 1-800-554-5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip! You may be eligible for a cash reward.

If you would like to see if a registered sex offender is living in your neighborhood, please visit the website at www.tpso.org and click on “Sex Offender Registry”. You may also register to receive updates and notifications regarding sex offenders in your area.

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