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Sex offenders locked down, in the dark for Halloween

(CNN) -- Scores of sex offenders in Anderson, South Carolina, will be corralled for Halloween tonight in a move authorities say is needed to keep kids safe as they trick or treat.

Keeping trick or treaters safe from sex offenders is a priority for many law enforcement officials on Halloween.

"At 5 p.m., we are going to require all of our probation/parole/pardon sex offenders to report to the office and they'll remain here from 5 to 10:30 p.m," agent Gerald Black, with the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon, told CNN affiliate WYFF.

Authorities in Roanoke, Virginia, will do the same. "You have a safer public. We have all the offenders in this area that are on probation or parole in one location. We know where they are," Randy Phillips with the Department of Corrections told CNN affiliate WSLS.

While there's a debate about the need for restrictions and authorities aren't imposing such stringent restrictions everywhere, special limits on sex offenders for the evening are widespread.

"Our agents will be out in force, checking on sex offenders, to ensure that they stay behind locked doors, in dark houses, with absolutely no contact with 'trick-or-treaters' on Halloween night," said Tom Hoffman, California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation director of parole. Watch how communities are making streets safer at Halloween »

Paroled offenders in California have a 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, cannot leave any outside lights on and may not answer their doors except for law enforcement. Illinois offenders face similar restrictions, including a ban on dressing in a costume.

Across the United States, law enforcement officials are taking steps to keep sex offenders away from children on Halloween. For example, in accordance with Tennessee state law, sex offenders are limited to the following:

Neither they, nor anyone in their home, may answer the door to trick-or-treaters

They may not pass out candy or give Halloween treats to children

Their homes may not be decorated for the holiday, either inside or outside

They may not visit haunted houses, corn mazes, hay rides or any other seasonal activities

They may not attend any function where children are gathered, including private residences

They may not wear costumes

They may not accompany a trick-or-treating child

State of Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole Sheriff's deputies in Harris County, Texas, have been checking homes of sex offenders for Halloween decorations and are ready to arrest violators.

"We actually have probation officers riding with us," Precinct 7 Deputy Johnathon Davis told CNN affiliate KPRC. "They're going to issue them a citation or their probation is going to be revoked."

About 2,000 registered sex offenders in Maryland will be required to post "No Candy" signs on their doors on Halloween night.

Michigan and Wisconsin are among states urging parents to check the state's public sex offender registry before venturing out in search of treats.

"For many parents, Halloween represents a time when our children fan out into neighborhoods that may not be familiar," Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox told CNN affiliate WDIV. "Doing a timely check of the sex offender registry can help parents be informed about potential risks in the community and take appropriate measures to safeguard their children."

Authorities in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, took preventative measures Sunday, arresting 11 sex offenders on probation and parole violations during a sweep of 100 homes, CNN affiliate WISN reported.

One of the Milwaukee offenders was arrested after police found a candy dish and children's toys, both prohibited items, in his apartment.

But some say the sex offender roundups and restrictions are more show than safety.

"There has not been a single case of any child being molested by a convicted sex offender while trick-or-treating," writes columnist Benjamin Radford on LiveScience.com.

Rebecca Brunger, an Alaska probation officer, told the Anchorage Daily News her state doesn't put any extra restrictions on sex offenders on Halloween as there's never been a case there of a trick-or-treater being molested by a registered offender.

Idaho defense attorney Tim Gresback told the Spokesman-Review, in Spokane, Washington, that extra Halloween restrictions on sex offender are unnecessary.

"Here we're creating a new police action squad to go out and address a problem that has never manifested itself in the community," Gresback told the newspaper. He said in 20 years he'd never run across a case of a sex offender attacking a child on Halloween.

But states and communities don't want to take any chances.

New York offenders face a 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew coupled with phone calls and visits from probation officers.

"Our Halloween operation gives parents, caregivers, law enforcement and the community added assurance that children will be protected and neighborhoods will be safe from known predators," said George B. Alexander, chairman of the New York state Division of Parole
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/10/31/halloween.offenders/index.html
 

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Wouldn't it be more effective just to shoot them or make the eunuchs. I mean it's quite clear that sex offender is the most despised criminal in the US.
 

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So, because a person has to register as a sex offender...including the 17 year old that was caught having sex with his 15 year old girlfriend, they ALL are subject to this police action on Halloween?

Just playing devils advocate here...or in this case maybe its angels advocate...whatever.

I'm all for strict laws for molesters, rapists etc., but right now it seems that there are a small percentage of "sex offenders" out there that got caught doing what, in all likelihood, we all did at a certain age and are paying a huge price for the rest of their lives, AND they're lumped into the category of rapist and child molesters.

Kind of like you're a felon if you put your gun under the seat of your car and forget your GFL. You are equal to a murderer or burglar or {insert your felony here} when you do that and you will always be treated as such.

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The problem, as I see it, is not all sex offenders are equal...

There are some who have raped strangers. Some have abused children. Some have had consensual sex with other teenagers. Some kissed another second grader.

Unfortunately, the law treats them all the same.

Sexual predators should be treated harshly and kept on a very short leash. Many (perhaps most?), sex offenders should not be lumped in with those scumbags.

Like many, many, many, many laws in this country, sanity should prevail.

:screwy: :screwy: :screwy: :screwy: :screwy:

But, we all know it won't!!!


Write your congressperson.

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It doesn't stop there Macktee... I recall one story about a jogger who had been locked out of a park bathroom so he walked into the tree line to urinate. He was arrested by police, who had locked the bathroom as part of a sting to catch homosexuals by forcing them into the woodline. He was charged with indecent exposure (though he didn't expose himself to anyone) and had thought to just pay the fine to make the nuisance go away until he learned he'd have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life... $10K later he had cleared his name.

The sex offender laws should be re-written to properly deal with crimes accordingly.
 

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It doesn't stop there Macktee... I recall one story about a jogger who had been locked out of a park bathroom so he walked into the tree line to urinate. He was arrested by police, who had locked the bathroom as part of a sting to catch homosexuals by forcing them into the woodline. He was charged with indecent exposure (though he didn't expose himself to anyone) and had thought to just pay the fine to make the nuisance go away until he learned he'd have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life... $10K later he had cleared his name.

The sex offender laws should be re-written to properly deal with crimes accordingly.
How is peeing in the woods homosexual? I'm missing something...
 

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We already had this discussion about sex offender registries a few weeks ago. I am too lazy to look up the thread to link it. Either way, I checked my sex offender maps online in the area we trick-or-treating before we left.
 

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AeroShooter said:
It doesn't stop there Macktee... I recall one story about a jogger who had been locked out of a park bathroom so he walked into the tree line to urinate. He was arrested by police, who had locked the bathroom as part of a sting to catch homosexuals by forcing them into the woodline. He was charged with indecent exposure (though he didn't expose himself to anyone) and had thought to just pay the fine to make the nuisance go away until he learned he'd have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life... $10K later he had cleared his name.

The sex offender laws should be re-written to properly deal with crimes accordingly.
How is peeing in the woods homosexual? I'm missing something...
this story sounds familiar....
rmember the movie Something about Mary,.... the scene Ben Stiller at the highway rest stop...
 

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locking public restrooms

So if the Minneapolis airport would have locked their mens' room shut, Senator Craig would have had to solicit sex in elevators and telephone booths? Hmm... at least then we'd probably have security camera film of the incident.
 

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We already had this discussion about sex offender registries a few weeks ago. I am too lazy to look up the thread to link it. Either way, I checked my sex offender maps online in the area we trick-or-treating before we left.
Now, several Sheriffs across Georgia have printed standardized "No Trick Or Treating Here" signs, that SAY this sign is from the Sheriff. The Sheriff is making registered sex offenders have these signs in their yards, on their private property.
And the Sheriffs are being sued over it. Not only because this is extra punishment (public shaming, a scarlet letter) but it violates private property rights, AND free speech per the 1st Amendment (the government can't force you to speak, even if what they're demanding you say is "true.") Butts county is one where the Sheriff has been sued in federal court over this.


https://www.news-daily.com/news/no-...cle_63be3f8a-0115-5e8d-ba09-a7913af6aba3.html

MY COMMENT:

VolGrad used the long-existing law regarding a sex offender registry to look out for his family's safety. Is it too damned much to expect the same of other parents who worry (or pretend to be worried, just to have something to talk about, to add some drama into their lives)? Parents, do your job. The State of Georgia gave you the tool (free, online, database of sex offenders). If you think there's a risk, LEARN where the risk is and AVOID IT. Do your "due diligence."
 

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Now THAT is how you find an on topic post instead of starting a new one and having multiple threads on the same subject! :righton:
Ed, of course you think like a moderator. I was thinking, "Where in the hell have all you guys been hiding?"
 

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Now, several Sheriffs across Georgia have printed standardized "No Trick Or Treating Here" signs, that SAY this sign is from the Sheriff. The Sheriff is making registered sex offenders have these signs in their yards, on their private property.
If the signs are going on private property, why can't the owner just remove them? If someone sticks a "Hillary 2020" sign on my lawn, it isn't going to stay up too long.
 

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Effingham Co. Sheriff's Office to round-up sex offenders on Halloween night

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office will conduct its annual round-up of convicted sex offenders on Halloween night.

The sheriff's office will house the offenders from 6 to 9 p.m. It will also dispatch extra patrols to neighborhoods.

According to a news release from the sheriff's office, Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie believes this policy helps prevent sex offenders from re-offending, being accused of wrongdoing and gives peace of mind to parents.
 

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I am not up on current sex offender laws. Is this action by the Effingham County Sheriff authorized under current Georgia law?

UPDATE: Last year's news stories clarify that this is for those on probation/parole.
 

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I know that they can be randomly searched, but randomly locked up in absence of even a suspected violation?

Regardless, this is going too far. True predators...well they don't even need to be among us, if they're that bad, keep them locked up. But why does the guy who sexted his GF in high school need to be kept away from kids? Why does the guy who peed at a tree in a park with no kids around need to be kept away from kids? Going to something more extreme, why does the guy who raped a drunk girl at a party need to be kept away from kids and not just any woman? Does child abuse put someone on the sex offender registry? If not, why not? After all, the sex offender registry is really just a "keep away from children" registry since the only places it keeps people away from are places that children are likely to be at.
 
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