Registered sex offenders know to stay out of Halloween activities tomorrow, so they don't come in contact with kids. But what about the hundreds of sex offenders in our area, that are unregistered, or have never been caught.
NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains what you need to know to keep your kids safe this Halloween. Registered sex offenders know not to decorate their homes, or invite kids to their doors for candy. But for every registered offender, it's estimated there are two that no one knows about because they haven't been caught. That's why it's important to trick-or-treat with your children, and know who's door you are knocking on.
About a dozen probation officers will be patrolling the city to keep registered sex offenders in check, but it's up to parents to watch out for anyone else, in every part of town. "They're not isolated to one part of town, it's an offense you can't limit to any one geographical area," says Terry Easterling, the Director of Sex Offender Probation for Potter, Randall and Armstrong Counties.
"We're getting sex offenders everyday on probation, every month we get two or three sex offenders and those are people going through the system, there are other who haven't gone through the system yet," says Richard Bernal, a Sex Offender Probation Officer.
Bernal says every parent should check out DPS's sex offender website below, to check and see which registered offenders live in there area.