Families of trick-or-treaters reminded to check for sex offender homes

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Will your children be trick or treating in neighborhoods where registered sex offenders are living or working?

Long wrote in a Facebook post that Georgia law forbids registered sex offenders from participating in Halloween, which also includes putting up decorations for the holiday. "It says that the sheriff shall in fact notify each community of the presence of sex offenders." he said.

"Us as parents and law enforcement, we need to make sure it's not only the most fun night, it's the safest night", Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said.

Long admitted chances are slim that any of the registered sex offenders in the county would try anything.

The signs read, "WARNING!"

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The sheriff's office of Butts County, Georgia, wants to ensure that kids celebrating Halloween will be safe while collecting candy.

That statute states any person registered as a sexual offender under sections 589.400 to 589.425 must adhere to the following conditions on Halloween every year. "We as adults use signs to tell us where to go and not go". So, they're actually less likely to target a random trick-or-treater. Parents are urged to access the New Jersey Sex Offender Registry to see where sex offenders live.

Wells said the sheriff's office also gave a list of offenders to the Salem Police Department.

The men and women in the room wanted to keep their identities concealed, but say they understand why they have to spend Halloween at the probation office.

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