Sex Offenders & Halloween

Costumes and candy certainly come to mind when you think of Halloween.

For some parents, the number of registered sex offenders in their neighborhood is an afterthought.

There is no state law that prohibits sex offenders from participating in Halloween events. So sheriff's officials say it is up to the parent to do the research.

Probation and parole departments throughout the state work with sex offenders on Halloween to ensure that they do not commit any further crimes.

Click on the link below to track sex offenders in your neighborhood.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 30, 2009 at 08:09 PM
    I have mixed feeling on this subject. So I'll ask the question. If you were sitting on the jury for a sex offender case, would you listen to the evidence or would you look at the child and think "they are too young to like about something like this. You should thing about it. It could be you or a member or your family that gets accused.
  • by Lee Location: Washington on Oct 30, 2009 at 05:58 PM
    I wish people would put half the same effort in making a drug dealer registry. These are the monsters that a person should protect there kids from. If you have ever seen what a drug dealer does to kids. You would thing a sex offender was a choir boy. Wake up people and see the real predator.
  • by Kinston Location: NC on Oct 30, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    Sherry, Good job! That is exactly right. No children should be left unsupervised period. Even in your own neighborhood! And that will settle that!
  • by MedicalStudent Location: Washington, Nc on Oct 30, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    Hi, Allison you are so right on everything you said!! My sisters boyriend had to register as a sex offender, because he dated a 17 year old girl that lied about her age she said she ws 20. She didn't look her age at all she could go for about 23 or something. When he did find out her real age he stopped talking to her, and she got upset and said he raped her. Some people shouldn't have to register as sex offenders. "Anonymous" you can't say that they should get the death penalty if you don't know why they are considered sex offenders. They deserve a second chance, not to be judged by people. ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE THEM!!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Oct 30, 2009 at 12:59 PM
    Never mind Moderators.... I found the link at the bottom of the story...
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Oct 30, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    WITN... please post the link to the sexual offenders website. Some people are at work and they might not have the link to that page.
  • by Sherry Location: Washington on Oct 30, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    What about the ones who have not been caught, charged & convicted? They aren't on any websites. Children should not go door to door without supervision, even if it is your own neighborhood.
  • by really? Location: NC on Oct 30, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    Really Allison? "The real criminals"?? Child pron comes from adults who force or coerce children into sexual acts that will haunt them for ever. Its not like a possession charge where no one but the user was hurt! Your nuts if you think sex offenders arent "real criminals" In VA all registered sex offenders are required to report to a gym or the local jails for the duration of trick or treating, any one who doesnt is arrested. NC needs to follow that trend
  • by Kim on Oct 30, 2009 at 05:54 AM
    If you supervise your kids and are with them when they are out trick-or-treating, why would this be an issue?
  • by mom on Oct 29, 2009 at 09:28 PM
    In FL, the sex offenders are required to post signs on their homes that say No Candy Here and are not allowed to participate in Trick or Treating. I plan to check on the one offender in my neighborhood. I think this is a GREAT example for NC and all other states to follow!
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