Georgia bars sex offenders from Halloween activities - CBS46 News

Georgia bars sex offenders from Halloween activities

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Georgia officials said sex offenders on parole in Georgia face several restrictions aimed at keeping them from using Halloween to commit crimes.

Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles officials said sex offenders under parole supervision were not allowed to decorate the outside of their home, have outside lights turned on, or open the door for trick-or-treaters.

Officials said the idea is to not allow the offenders to entice children.

CBS Atlanta News crews followed along as officers visited the homes of parolees on Halloween night, as they made sure the parolees followed the rules.

"It assures the public that we are doing everything that we can to protect the children from any potential harm," said Michelle Robinson, parole officer.

Trick-or-treaters were at the door of one offender as officers arrived. He did not open the door for the kids.

"I was looking to see if anyone answered the door. And I commended him for not answering the door. He was following everything he was supposed to do," Robinson said.

The officers typically visit 20 to 30 homes per team.

News crew followed along on three-home visits. All of those offenders were in compliance when it came to trick-or-treaters.

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