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Professor: Halloween sex offender scare is a myth

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

It's something you hear about every Halloween - to be on the lookout for convicted sex offenders preying on Valley children.

But CBS 5 News has learned that the Halloween sex offender scare may be just a myth.

CBS 5 News contacted law enforcement agencies in Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale and Surprise.

None of the police departments have reported any problems involving a sex offender and children on Halloween, over the past five years.

[Related: Check your neighborhood for registered sex offenders]

Joel Best is a professor of sociology at the University of Delaware.

He said that the sex offender scare on Halloween is completely unnecessary and there is no concrete evidence that the mystical day of Halloween sparks extra sex crimes.

"Halloween is supposed to be scary holiday, so what happens is, we've stopped believing in ghosts and goblins, but we believe in criminals," Best said. "You're imagining someone so crazy that he hurts kids at random, but he is so tightly wrapped up, that he only does it one night a year. It doesn't add up."

Best suggests that parents spend their time worrying about kids running into the street, drunk drivers and contaminated candy.

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