There are laws in place to prevent sex offenders who committed a crime against children to participate in events such as Halloween. Around the Wabash Valley, safety officials were making sure offenders stayed compliant during Halloween hours with random checks.
“Obviously sex offenders aren’t allowed to be involved in any events involving children,” says Springfield Police Deputy Chief Dennis Arnold.
This Halloween, children in costumes weren’t the only ones going to door to door. Law enforcement was, too.
“We will be doing some random compliance checks tonight to ensure that they are in compliance,” says Arnold.
More than 250 registered sexual predators are on the Vigo County registry. In Springfield, Illinois police check on more than 100 offenders.
“We check about 150 residents to ensure that registered sex offenders and register violent offenders were in compliance,” says Arnold.
Victoria McGahey is careful about which houses she lets her trick-or-treaters go to.
McGahey says sex offenders in the Wabash Valley–even near her home–are a cause for concern on nights like Halloween.
“With my children, and my grandchildren they just live like three blocks away, and I’m not liking that real well, because there are several that just live in this area, and that’s kind of scary to me,” says McGahey.
Those who violate the terms of the law could spend more than one year in jail.
To check Terre Haute sex offenders, use the following link: http://www.city-data.com/so/so-Terre-Haute-Indiana.html
To check where registered sex offenders live near you, use the following link: http://www.familywatchdog.us/