A bench trial in Caddo District Court Wednesday, June 27, 2018, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, ended with the conviction of a Shreveport man for violation of reporting laws following a conviction for sex crimes.
Caddo District Judge John D. Mosely Jr. determined that George Benjamin Franklin, 40, failed to register as a sex offender, as required under law for prior convictions for attempted molestation of a juvenile and no sex offender ID card. The court’s verdict was handed down immediately following closing arguments by both sides.
The court heard evidence from Franklin’s probation officer, Thomas Stratton, as well as Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Investigator Gloria Evans. Also taken into account was evidence of Franklin’s prior convictions.
Franklin faces a sentencing range of up to 20 years if he is prosecuted under the habitual offender statute, which is being contemplated by the state for other prior felony convictions. Sentencing and probation revocation hearings are set for August 28, 2018.
Assistant District Attorneys Pamela Moser and Sam Crichton argued for the state. Franklin was defended by Kelvin Rogers.