Cops to visit sex offenders on Halloween

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Gazette staff
Saturday, October 12, 2013

ELKHORN—Halloween has its truly scary aspects, and for the fifth straight year, the Walworth County Sheriff's Office and its partners plan to address some of them.

They will visit sex offenders at the same time children are trick-or-treating.

Teams of law enforcement officers and probation-and-parole agents will make Halloween visits to the homes of sex offenders who are on supervision by the state Department of Corrections, during Operation Trick or Treat, according to a news release.

The visits will take place on Halloween or any other scheduled trick-or-treat dates in county communities.

The teams will check to see that offenders are obeying applicable laws and rules, and those who are not will face sanctions that could include being locked up. 

The sheriff's office news release goes on to offer these trick-or-treating rules:

-- Never enter the home of a person offering candy.

-- Escort children as they approach each house.

-- Do not eat any candy until it can be inspected at home.

-- Use sidewalks and crosswalks. Do not run across the road or between parked cars.

-- Wear light-colored clothing and use reflective clothing and flashlights whenever possible.

-- Report suspicious activity immediately to your local police department.

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