Sex Offenders Required To Stay Away From Kids On Halloween
INDIANAPOLIS -- As you take your kids or grandkids trick-or-treating on Halloween, officers want you to know that registered sex offenders won't be allowed to come into contact with them.
Operation Safe Halloween has been around for more than a decade to keep those convicted of sex crimes away from children on Halloween.
Many police and sheriff's departments across the state are requiring registered sex offenders to attend mandatory meetings at police headquarters or another facility away from kids the night of Halloween. Other counties are requiring them to stay home and not come into contact with any children.
"Every sex offender is instructed by their [parole] agent to have their lights off, no decorations and a sign saying no trick-or-treating," says Doug Huyvaert with the Indiana Department of Corrections.
In an interview with WISH-TV, Huyvaert says sex offenders may receive a random visit at their home on Halloween night if they aren't required to attend a parole meeting.
"We may come to your house one time during the evening. We may come to your house four times in the evening. You don't know when we're going to be there," said Huyvaert.
Huyvaert says Operation Safe Halloween has worked to keep kids safe.
"We've never had a violation of an offender against a child in the 13 years we've done this," according to Huyvaert.
Officers are on call on Halloween night, says Huyvaert, to arrest any registered sex offenders who violate their no-contact order with children.
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