LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - email
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Children love trick-or-treating, but sex offenders know to stay away from Halloween traditions and kids during the month of October.
"We gave a guideline list to all the offenders and I went over all of them with each one and explained to them they can not have decorations at the home, that they can't give out candy to the kids," said Lee Taylor, a Nacogdoches County sex offender probation officer. "They can't have parties."
On Saturday, Taylor will be at Scare on the Square on the prowl for sex offenders.
"To make sure the offenders are doing what they're supposed to be doing and that no children are in danger," Taylor said.
Sex offenders cannot even visit a decorated residence, vehicle or location on Halloween. No haunted houses or hay rides and certainly no residence or other location where candy is distributed on or about Halloween.
On Halloween night, the rules are strictly enforced.
"On Halloween night we're going to be doing field work, going to people's houses to make sure that they are complaint," Taylor said. "Basically, their porch light is turned off, all the lights are turned off and they don't answer the door unless it's a probation officer or police officer."
There are around 30 sex offenders on probation in Nacogdoches County. Constables and sheriff's deputies will be helping out with the home visits.
"Very helpful because there is offenders that are going to be living all over the county and due to time we can hit more houses and see more people," Taylor said.
Despite all the restrictions, probation officers still advise that you only take kids to homes of friends or family members.