Decatur, Illinois (WAND) – Illinois law prohibits all sex offenders who have committed crimes against children from handing out candy on Halloween.
This means you can’t hand out candy or attend kid-friendly events. In addition to attending events, child sex offenders may not leave their porch lights on during trick-or-treating hours.
The Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy reached out to sex offenders to make sure they were aware of Halloween rules.
“No excuses,” said Sergeant Roger Pope. “If you get caught, you can’t say you didn’t know. With education and enforcement, we’ve had no problems so far.”
Sergeant Pope said 36 child sex offenders are registered with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and are also being tracked by the Decatur Police Department.
“Watch where you are going,” said Sergeant Pope. “If you don’t want your child to become a sex offender, check the Illinois Police Department’s sex offender registry.”
illinois sex offenders available hereSergeant recommended checking the registry before planning trick-or-treating.
“The nice thing about their website is that they can answer questions like can a sex offender have a Facebook page, can a sex offender be in this place, and so on. There are a lot of questions with attachments and they are very useful and helpful,” said Sergeant Pope.
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