World News

Are your little trick-or-treaters safe from sex offenders?

Are your little trick-or-treaters safe from sex offenders?

"Georgia law forbids registered sex offenders from participating in Halloween, to include decorations on their property", Sheriff Gary Long said in the Facebook post. "The goal is to ensure a safe Halloween for everyone".

The Clarke County Sheriff's Office conducted 142 residence verifications of registered sex offenders in the Athens area during Operation Watchful Eye III, according to sheriff's Capt. Hayden Hodges.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says IL law prohibits all sex offenders from giving out candy if they committed a crime against children. "It says the sheriff shall and it says that the sheriff shall in fact notify each community of the presence of sex offenders". Long says 2,500 to 4,000 children attended the event each year.

"I'm not trying to humiliate 'em or anything like that", Long told CBS News.

More news: CRAWFORD | Kentucky No. 9 in first playoff rankings

On the app you can zoom, move around, and even click on the markers for more information about any registered sex offender. Let's face reality: "We have a greater chance of children getting run over by a auto [on Halloween] than being a victim of sexual assault by a repeat offender", he told CBS.

There's a growing number of states enacting laws restricting the activities of sex offenders on Halloween.

The Tennessee Department of Correction was out for their annual "Operation Blackout", which consists of correctional officers doing a routine check on registered sex offenders in the Jackson area. And though some on the registry have sexually abused children, they're probably not going to target random kids on Halloween.