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Midland City Officials Step Up Sex Offender Monitoring During Halloween

 by Kim Powell

NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Going door-to-door for candy on Halloween is a tradition that many families enjoy, but it can also be dangerous. That's why the Midland Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD), also known as adult probation officers, will be busy this Halloween as they are stepping up their enforcement. 

There are 42 sex offenders who will be monitored, all of which have victims under the age of 18. 

"You have to remember that we only have 42 of the sex offenders that are on probation. You still have parole, you still have people who are registered for life that are not under our supervision," Jed Davenport, Director of CSCD, said. "What we will do, is we'll have most of our probation officers out in the field. They'll be going around continually monitoring these offenders whether they're at work or at their residence." 

The offenders are not allowed to have any Halloween decorations, any candy, and they cannot have their porch lights on. Their typical probation rules say they cannot have any contact with children under the age of 18. Putting these Halloween restrictions in place reduces the chance for them to have contact with kids, and it also allows the public to take precautionary steps.

"For example, we're enforcing that if they don't have their lights on, they don't have any decorations, and they don't have any candy. Then of course if you're out trick or treating and you came across a house that didn't have any lights on, you wouldn't go up to that house," Davenport explained. 

This is the first year CSCD is enhancing their enforcement by having more officers out, and continually checking in on the offenders. 

"They'll be working in pairs. They'll start Friday morning, going by and just verifying that there is nothing at the house that would look like preparations for Halloween or any kind of candy or anything like that for the kids," Davenport said. 

As tips for trick-or-treaters--know who is taking your kids trick-or-treating, or just take them yourself. You can also log onto the DPS website to check out the sex offender registry. 

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