Local law enforcement was making sure your kids had a safe Halloween. Deputies were going door to door to make sure registered sex offenders were not handing out candy to children for Halloween.
"In Richmond County there are approximately 415 registered sex offenders and we have a little over 200 under supervision with the Augusta Probation Office," Chief Probation Officer Pam Gould says.
It's called Operation Halloween. Officers are making sure that sex offenders are not taking part in Halloween activities.
Deputies are looking for sex offenders who have Halloween decorations, or lights on outside, really anything that would invite a child to their doorstep.
"The importance is to reinforce those guidelines so they know not to be interacting with children. And so the public can see that the Department of Corrections is diligent in our efforts to supervise our sex offenders and make sure that our public is safe," Gould says.
Sex offenders are required to stay home on Halloween, and they also have a 5:00pm curfew. As we followed officers around, most of the sex offenders were obeying the law, but we did find some who were not home when they should have been.
If a sex offender has to work on Halloween night, they are not required to stay home or meet curfew, just as long as they are at their workplace. Probation Officers say most of the sex offenders are compliant, but every so often there is a problem.
"Depending on the severity, we will get with the judge and the judge ultimately has the decision to make as to the conditions that have been violated," Gould says.
You can find out where sex offenders live in your neighborhood by going to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's website or the South Carolina Law Enforcement Department's website.
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