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Sex offender laws on Halloween

By Fred Childers - bio | email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -    Halloween - a time of year when kids will be on the streets at dark, dangers certainly lurk. And if you saw all the legislation in the country regarding sex offenders on Halloween, you might think the danger is molestation. "Of all the things to be concerned about this Halloween, encountering a sexual offender should be way low on the list," says State Police Trooper, Doug Pierrelee.
     It appears authorities aren't as concerned as legislators. "Parents have got a better chance of their kids being struck by lightning Halloween night then being molested by a sex offender handing out candy," says Caddo Assistant DA, Hugo Holland.
    In Missouri offenders have to remain in their homes, Maryland - they have to post signs on their doors, South Carolina - offenders have a curfew. New York they have to stay home.  In Texas they have to leave their porch light off. Louisiana is no different, offenders have to stay inside, they can't have Halloween decorations, and probation and parole officers will be doing random checks throughout the night. But for those who go after these predators, and prosecute them, it's too much. "I like being rough on sex offenders, it's what I do for a living, but as far as keeping up with them, and making them register, Louisiana is like every other state, it's over regulated," says Holland. Out of the 600 plus cases Holland prosecutes each year, he says 95% of the victims know their attacker. He says many of them are dads and uncles. 
    State police encourage parents to be proactive. "Go to the state sexual offender data base at lsp.org, and you can search by name, address," says Pierrelee.  With today's technology parents can certainly find the strangers with candy to avoid. "But better than all those electronic tools, I got two words to keep you from worrying about your child's safety: Be there," says Pierrelee.
    The laws are put into place to protect your children, but they are safeguards for the rare occasion, that you might not be there.

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