Authorities monitoring sex offenders on Halloween

October 28, 2010 10:21:03 AM PDT
With Halloween almost here, local authorities are gearing up to keep your kids safe. They are especially concerned about keeping sex offenders away from trick-or-treaters. Officers and deputies will be out Sunday to make sure sex offenders don't have any candy or decorations at their homes to entice children. Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino announced today his department along with the Harris County Probation and Parole Division will be out in full force on Halloween.

They will be knocking on doors of registered sex offenders to make sure they are following the rules. Sex offenders are not allowed to have decorations or be at a home where candy is being handed out.

"In our precinct, we have over 800 sex offenders that are registered in our area and out of those 800 -- some are on probation, some are on parole," said Constable Victor Trevino. "The intent is to make sure that these individuals comply with the law and they know that we are making visitations."

The HPD juvenile sex offender registration unit has a list of Halloween guidelines. Among them, they can't go to Halloween festivities, they can't have their porch light on and they can't answer their door for trick-or-treaters. If they are found to be out of compliance, they could be arrested.

To check for registered sex offenders in your neighborhood, visit the Texas Department of Public Safety's sex offender registry.


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