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Sex offenders under close watch on Halloween

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

All Georgia sex offenders on parole or probation will be under a dusk to dawn curfew Thursday, and many will spend Halloween trick-or-treating hours under supervision.

Parole, probation, and law enforcement agencies in every county will be checking convicted sex offenders homes so that parents can be confident that offenders will not be in reach of any trick-or-treaters.

There are currently 339 registered sex offenders under the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office supervision.  Dougherty County Probation will have 65 high risk offenders under their supervision during Trick or Treating hours.

"Those that are considered the high risk offenders, they will report to the Albany Probation Offices at 1303 Evelyn Avenue between the hours of 6 to 9," said Probation officer Kimberly Persley. "That way we can insure that we are monitoring their activities and we will know where they are all times."

Parole officers in charge of every South Georgia county will team with local law enforcement to make checks on those sex offenders required to be in their home.

"They are not to turn the lights on. They are not to decorate, in any fashion. They are not to do anything to draw attention to themselves. To have anybody come to their residence concerning trick or treating," said Chief Parole Officer Kelvin Hawkins.

All the registered sex offender's homes in Dougherty County are listed on the Sheriff's website. By entering an address and zip code and you can see the homes and the mug shots of registered sex offenders in your neighborhood, so parents can know to avoid them.  Parole officers will attend some community activities to make sure sex offenders are not there.

"It's to ensure public safety," said Persley. "We want the public to know that they are free to go out and enjoy Halloween."

"They are very aware," said Hawkins. "Everyone that is under supervision has been informed of where they are supposed to be.  It's been emphasized to them and re-emphasized to them exactly what's expected. So they are totally aware."

Law enforcement officers say they will be doing random checks on homes of sex offenders throughout Halloween to make sure the curfew is enforced, and that South Georgia trick or treaters can enjoy a special night of fun.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office supervises 25 registered sex offenders, and says they will be checking their homes and promise any violation will result in serious consequences including time behind bars.

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