Luling man on America’s Most Wanted gets 1 year in prison

Richard Randolph, a Luling sex offender who was at one point listed by the U.S. Marshals as one of “America’s Most Wanted” criminals, has been sentenced to serve a year in prison on the charge of attempted failure to register as a sex offender.

The sentence, which he is serving at Nelson Coleman Correctional Facility, went into effect immediately. He pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargain. The charge was amended from the initial charge of failure to register as a sex offender.

His sentence is being served concurrently with a two-year prison sentence he received for failing to register as a sex offender in 2012. He was released on parole on that charge, but due to the most recent incident, it has been revoked.

Randolph is classified as a Tier 3 sex offender, which is reserved for violent sex offenders considered most likely to be a repeat offender. Tier 3 is the most serious classification for sex offenders.

He was convicted of attempted aggravated oral sexual battery in June of 2000. According to court documents, Randolph, while wearing no clothing, choked and struck one victim in the head as he attempted to force her to commit a sexual act. The document also states he struck a second victim and knocked her into a wall. Both victims attempted to leave, but Randolph prevented them from doing so.

After serving a prison sentence, he registered as a sex offender with the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office upon his release in 2006.

But police learned Randolph had left his Kellogg Street residence in Luling and had not provided the necessary information about his relocation. From that point, police learned he had moved to new residences in Alaska, California and Mexico City.

By 2012, the Sheriff’s Office was notified Randolph was again living at his Luling home “at least two-thirds of the year,” according to the court document.

A sex offender must register at an address lived at for at least 30 days in a calendar year.

Randolph was arrested in December of 2012, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Pat Yoes confirmed the parish issued an arrest warrant for Randolph for failure to register as a sex offender and to provide a residence after his release from Nelson Coleman Correctional Center. A Tier III sex offender must register for life unless he is a juvenile.

Randolph was arrested by authorities in Mexico and turned over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Arizona on Oct. 14 of last year before being extradited to Louisiana.


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