On June 28, 2017, Joseph Martin Jr. of 247 Hwy 1012 Napoleonville, LA., age 28, pled guilty to the charge of Failure to Register and Notify as a Sex Offender or Child Predator. Martin was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors after Martin failed to notify officials of a change in his address. Martin was convicted in 2010 in Terrebonne Parish of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile and Computer aided Solicitation of a Minor.
On August 9, 2016, the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip indicating that Joseph Martin Jr., a registered sex offender, failed to notify authorities of a change in address. The tipster advised deputies that Martin was in Colorado and would be traveling to Texas. This information was verified, and deputies checked Martin’s alleged local residence where Martin had not been for months. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Martin, and he was subsequently arrested and booked into the Assumption Parish Jail.
Upon entering a guilty plea to the above mentioned charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Verdigets ordered that Martin be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 2 years with credit for time served. It was further ordered that the imposed sentence is to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.