Monday, October 18, 2010

Local Sex Offenders Get Reminder Letter

The more than 100 people living in Putnam County, who are on the state's registered sex offender list, have now gotten a letter from the Board of Probation and Parole, reminding them that they are not allowed to do some things on Halloween. Sex offenders under supervision of the Tennessee Board of Probation & Parole are being restricted from taking part in any Halloween or fall and harvest activities. Each sex offender has signed a letter acknowledging that they are prohibited from participating in Halloween activities.

The letters advise sex offenders that:

*Neither they, nor anyone in their home, can answer the door to trick or treaters on Halloween;
*They cannot pass out candy;
*Their homes cannot be decorated for Halloween, either inside or outside;
*They cannot host Halloween parties at their homes;
*They cannot go to haunted houses, corn mazes, hay rides or any other seasonal activity;
*They cannot be at any function where children are gathered, including private residences;
*They cannot give any Halloween treats to children;
*They cannot wear costumes and
*They cannot take any child trick or treating.

Probation officers will enforce the restrictions throughout the month by making additional visits, both announced and unannounced, to verify that the sex offenders on their caseloads are in compliance with these restrictions. On many of these visits, the probation and parole officers will be accompanied by local law enforcement officers for added emphasis on the seriousness of the restrictions.