Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Thibodaux sex offender was arrested Thursday after he was found illegally using social media. Dicky Naquin (41, I/M) of Thibodaux is one of three people arrested in 2015 after deputies found their Facebook profile pages.
Agents with Louisiana Probation and Parole contacted the Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, March 11 after they learned Dicky Naquin, a registered sex offender who is also on supervised release, was operating a Facebook profile page. Through investigation, deputies found several pictures of Naquin on the page and that Naquin even identified himself as a sex offender on the page. In a previous meeting with LPSO deputies of the Sex Offender Accountability Program, Naquin denied owning or operating any social media pages, but the investigation revealed he was operating the page at the time of that meeting. Deputies therefore obtained warrants for Naquin’s arrest for Unlawful Use or Access of Social Media and violation of Louisiana R.S. 15:542 (Registration of Sex Offenders and Child Predators) for lying to deputies about owning a social media account. Naquin reported to Louisiana Probation and Parole on Thursday where he was arrested on the outstanding warrants and also charged with violating the provisions of his supervised release. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he is being held in lieu of $6,000 bond as set by Judge Steven M. Miller.
In 2011, Louisiana lawmakers made it illegal for certain registered sex offenders to use or access social media, social networking sites, chat rooms and similar online websites through the creation of Revised Statute 14:91.5. The law applies to offenders convicted of sex offenses including, but not limited to, those involving a victim under the age of 18.
Naquin is the third person to be arrested this year for violating that law. Taylor Collins (28, W/M) of Golden Meadow and Christopher Poincot (26, W/M) of Bayou Blue were each arrested in February after investigators discovered their Facebook profiles. Collins was arrested again on Saturday, March 7 when deputies responded to a disturbance he caused at the Golden Meadow branch of the Lafourche Parish Public Library. They found he had accessed social media websites at the library and was charged again with Unlawful Use or Access of Social Media as well as Disturbing the Peace. He remains at the Detention Center in lieu of $45,100 bond as set by Judge John E. LeBlanc. Poincot, meanwhile, was arrested in Terrebonne Parish on outstanding Contempt of Court warrants and awaiting transfer to Lafourche Parish where he will be held in lieu of $10,000 bond.
Sheriff Webre said tracking social media use by sex offenders remains a priority for LPSO’s Sex Offender Accountability Program since the creation of the law. “These offenders are creating social media profiles often using pseudonyms thinking they won’t get caught,” said Webre. “This can complicate the investigation, but the very nature of social media lends itself to posting information or photos about the user which eventually leads to their arrest.”
In each case above, a concerned citizen informed deputies about the offender’s use of social media which, as Webre stated, is how most investigations begin. “Because these offenders are creating false profiles, they can be extremely difficult to discover outright,” said Webre. “When someone reports the activity to us, coupled with our proactive efforts, we will investigate and take immediate action,” said Webre. He added that investigators receive cooperation from social networking sites. Deputies continue to train in areas involving Internet crimes in an effort to stay ahead of complex and fast changing technologies, with four deputies attending a training session next week to aid in similar investigations in the future.
Anyone who knows of a sex offender prohibited from using social media per Revised Statute 14:91.5 as described above is asked to contact Deputy Chris Guidry with the Sex Offender Accountability Program at (985) 449-4490 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sex offender social media use can also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by calling 1-800-743-7433 or by texting “GIVEATIP” plus your message to 274637. Tips can also be submitted using the TipSubmit Mobile application or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org.