About 1,200 sex offenders across South Carolina will face a curfew again this year during prime trick-or-treating hours. But sex offenders who are no longer on probation or parole are free to hand out candy to your children.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -
About 1,200 sex offenders across South Carolina will face a curfew again this year during prime trick-or-treating hours.
Sex offenders on probation, parole or other forms of supervision face a 5:30 to 9 p.m. curfew on Halloween.
In most counties, that means they have to stay in their homes with no outdoor lights on. They can't pass out candy, go into the street or go to any Halloween parties or carnivals.
Eleven counties, including Anderson, Laurens and Cherokee Counties, require those supervised sex offenders to report to a central location.
In other counties, agents will go to the offenders’ houses and call their land lines to make sure they're home.
But this curfew doesn't apply to all sex offenders.
Sex offenders who are no longer on probation or parole are free to hand out candy to your children.
"I don't think that should be allowed. Especially if they have been a sex offender, I feel like they're always going to be one and they need to never have any type of contact with any children,” said Greenville mother Katie Watts.
Watts found out there are 10 sex offenders living within a mile of her home.
Piedmont mother Somer Faust knows there are sex offenders living in her neighborhood too, but she doesn't think they should be banned from handing out candy to trick-or-treaters forever.
"Everybody, I guess, deserves a second chance,” said Faust. “But that's why we make sure we're doing our part."
To be on the safe side, she takes her toddlers trick-or-treating in a different neighborhood.
South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services spokesperson Peter O’Boyle said parents shouldn't be afraid to take their kids out trick-or-treating as long as they're there to supervise.
O’Boyle said in the nearly 10 years this curfew has been in place, there have been no major violations.