Port Arthur man arrested in Louisiana for failure to register as sex offender 

Published 12:16 am Wednesday, May 27, 2020

CALCASIEU PARISH, La. — A Port Arthur man was arrested for two counts of failure to register as a sex offender by law enforcement in Louisiana on Friday.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested Charles R. Getwood II, 41. He is being held on a $3,000 bond set by the 14th Judicial Court Judge Ron Ware in Lake Charles, La.

During the initial investigation detectives learned Getwood had been living in Calcasieu Parish since 2009 and did not notify the proper authorities, according to a press release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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The investigation also revealed Getwood had been employed in Calcasieu Parish since 2006.

Detectives made contact with Getwood and advised him he was non-compliant and needed to meet with them on May 15 to register, but he failed to appear for his appointment, authorities said.

Several days later the suspect contacted detectives and stated he quit his job and terminated his lease in Calcasieu Parish. He later met with detectives on May 21 and it was learned he was still employed in Calcasieu Parish, police said.

It was also learned authorities in Texas, where Getwood was registered, were unaware he had been residing in Calcasieu; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements once again.

Getwood was convicted of sexual assault of a child in Port Arthur in 2001.

Police in Port Arthur did not confirm this week whether Getwood would face charges in Texas.