Cops Join Kids Trick or Treating to Monitor Sex Offenders

When little goblins and ghouls came knocking at your door last evening for candy, did you notice an adult with them dressed as a cop? It wasn't a costume. Four probation officers and one Auburn cop circulated with the kids, checking up on paroled sex offenders.

There are over 2,400 sex offenders on parole statewide. Police say they aren't allowed certain liberties the rest of us enjoy on Halloween. They can't wear costumes, or decorate their homes for Halloween. They can't turn on their porch lights inviting kids to their door, and must remain in their house from 3:00 p.m. Halloween to 6 a.m. November 1.

Cops say 81 sex offenders are registered in Cayuga County but not under any police supervision, meaning they don't have to abide by the same rules.


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