Police to sex offenders: no candy for trick or treaters

October 31, 2008 3:35:03 PM PDT
Cook County sheriff's police visited the homes of convicted sex offenders on Friday to remind them they cannot pass out candy to trick or treaters.State law prohibits sex offenders from taking part in any holiday event involving children under 18 years old.

Officers left a bright orange hang tag on the homes of those who were not home. They say it will notify the offender of their visit and serve as a warning to any trick or treaters who might stop by.

"We try to aggressively go out at times of the year when children are more likely to be going out and knocking on stranger's doors and to alert people who have been convicted and people who are on sex offender lists that you're not to be interacting with children and that you have prohibitions you need to follow and we're watching," said Sheriff Tom Dart, Cook County.

Dart encourages parents to check the sex offender registry on line (www.isp.state.il.us/sor) before taking their children out at a Halloween.


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