Halloween No Treat For Sex Offenders

By: Natasha Trelfa Email
By: Natasha Trelfa Email

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As kids head out in their halloween finest today, law enforcement officials are stepping up efforts to supervise sex offenders while kids are trick or treating.

The Kansas Department of Corrections parole staff is increasing supervision of paroled sex offenders across the state again this Halloween.

"Children's safety is paramount at any halloween period and there is a potential for problems from anyone," said Bill Miskell, Kansas Department of Corrections public information officer.

In an effort to avoid troubles, law enforcement agencies across the state are stepping up efforts to supervise sex offenders and make sure they know the rules come halloween night.

Officers will make unannounced checks at offender's homes. Some offenders, depending on their risk levels, may be required to check in with their parole officer.

Other restrictions for offenders include not leaving their porch lights on, not leaving candy out and not being at a residence where candy is being passed out.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office says parents can also check its offender Web site before heading out.

They're moves parents around town say helps put their minds at ease.

"That gives me great relief," said parent Kate Jantz. "I think that should be a big priority with little kids."

Officials say they keep an eye on offenders 365 days a year, but they need parents to be the first line of defense.

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