Tracking sex offenders ahead of Halloween

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Butler County Sheriff's Deputy Travis Thornhill went from neighborhood to neighborhood this week, knocking on sex offenders' doors. 

"It's another way for us to check everything and make sure they're in compliance," said Thornhill. 

The Sheriff's Office checks on offenders five times a year, including right before Halloween. 

Thornhill said there are more than 160 sex offenders in Butler County alone. 

That causes concern when it comes to trick or treating and possible interaction with children. 

"Legally we cannot say they cannot hand out candy."

He says under Kansas state law, offenders are allowed to participate in Halloween, even if their crimes involve young children.  

Although the guidelines do recommend another adult be present while handing out candy. 

That makes Shabree Guinn, mom of five, nervous. 

She said she always keeps her kids close will trick or treating. 

"If it's super cold and I'm driving, then I will drive door to door instead of sit at the corner and let them do the block."

Deputy Thornhill said the county has a 98% compliancy rate, meaning most registered sex offenders follow the rules of a registration, but he still reminds parents to be cautious. 

"Everybody needs to be concerned, with situational awareness, their kids, what they're doing, because even if they may be going up to a house that doesn't have an offender, you don't know what could happen."

To see the Kansas Public Offender Registry, visit

If you live in Sedgwick County, and want to see if a sex offender lives near your home, see a map here.

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