ECTOR COUNTY, TX (KWES) - Some Ector County parents can rest easy this Halloween knowing that some local sex offenders will be looked after.
"It keeps them from any temptation that could possibly happen," said Ector County Probation Director, Richard Mann.
More than 70 sex offenders under adult supervision will be required to report to counseling this evening in an effort to keep them away from trick-or-treaters.
"The main reason is just for safety of the community. Moms and dads feel more comfortable when they have their kids out trick or treating," said Mann.
The offenders will stay in counseling until 10 p.m. and are court ordered to attend. If they choose not to?
"We will be getting a warrant and having them arrested for violation of probation," said Mann.
The Ector County Probation Office has been doing this sort of lock-in for sex offenders for more than a decade.
Mann said they have had a lot of success in the past. This is the only night of the year they do this but are always conducting random checks.
"We do as much as we can with our ability to keep an eye on all the sex offenders we have under our supervision," said Mann.
The Midland County Probation Office took a different approach. They met with their offenders earlier this month and required them to sign a form saying they could not participate in trick-or-treating. Offenders had to let their probation officer know ahead of time where they will be between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Their lights must be turned off and they are not allowed to put up Halloween decorations.
You can find sex offenders in your area, online on the Department of Public Safety's website at https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffender/index.aspx.