No trick-or-treat for sex offenders

Oct. 28, 2005 at 11:05 AM
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ELGIN, Ill., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Police in Elgin, Ill., are visiting the homes of about 120 convicted sex offenders in the Chicago suburb Friday warning them not to hand out candy to children.

Illinois is one of several states where law prohibits registered sex offenders on parole or probation from handing out candy to trick-or-treaters for Halloween.

The Chicago Tribune says if no one is at the home of a sex offender officers plan to slap a big red tag on the door "a visible sign that police have been to the house."

Chicago police want neighbors to call if they see a known sex offender handing out candy.

More than 6,300 registered sex offenders in Wisconsin are not allowed to answer the door during weekend trick-or-treating hours under decade-old rules by the state Department of Corrections.

In Texas, police and probation officers notified sex offenders of a Halloween curfew that bars them from decorating premises or turning on porch lights for trick-or-treaters.

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