Sunday, October 28, 2012
One Kansas community is doing something a little different this year in an effort to children from sex offenders on Halloween. Butler County is reaching out to convicted sex offenders by asking them to identify themselves to trick-or-treaters.
Butler County resident Roy Walker was convicted of indecent liberties with a child in 2002 and was added to the sex offender list for life. Walker says he's not proud of what he did and he vows he will never harm a child again.
"Not going to happen. What I did in the past is in the past - not going to happen again," Walker said.
There are 97 sex offenders currently living in Butler County. Sheriff's deputies are going door-to-door, touching base with each of them and checking to make sure they are living where they say they are living. With Halloween just a few days away, the sheriff is asking every sex offender to put a "no trick-or-treating" poster on their door in hopes of protecting kids.
Many offenders refused to put up the poster, but there are other ways parents can learn where those offenders live before they take their kids out on Halloween. The program is called Offender Watch. Butler County schools will notify parents who sign up for the program when a sex offender moves within two miles of their home.
"This is another way to make sure everyone is aware of their surroundings and that we are all watching out for our kids," Grandview Elementary Principal Kim McCune said.
The sheriff is encouraging parents to go online and find out where registered sex offenders live before they take their kids trick-or-treating. You can click the link below to find out more.