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Registered Sex Offenders Not to Pass Out Candy or Have Lights on Halloween Night

Chesterfield Township and New Baltimore police will visit registered sex offenders' addresses to ensure they are not participating in trick-or-treating activities.

As trick-or-treaters summon homeowners for candy, local police will be dropping by sex offenders' doors Halloween night.

The Chesterfield Township Police Department does an annual special detail on the holiday. During the evening, officers visit registered sex offenders' addresses in the township to ensure no offenders on probation or parole have their exterior lights on or are passing out candy, according to police Lt. Charles Verschaeve.

If an offender is violating the Halloween guidelines, police will order them to stop participating in the trick-or-treating and report them to their probation or parole supervisors the next day, Verschaeve said.

"There were a couple cases where we filed, I believe, two reports," he said of violating homes last year.

In one of those cases, a person who wasn't the offender was handing out candy, which is still prohibited at the registered address, he said.

New Baltimore police will also have extra patrols on Halloween night and will conduct checks on all sex offenders registered in the city to ensure they are not interacting with trick-or-treaters, according to Detective Randy Blackburn.

Residents can check the Michigan Sex Offender Registry before going door-to-door in their community. The Michigan State Police also answers frequently asked questions about the registry, including what criminal convictions merit registration.

Police also want to remind the public about other safety precautions for Halloween night:

  • Wear reflective costumes or clothing.
  • Thoroughly check candy before eating it.
  • Be careful crossing streets, no matter how much traffic they get.
  • Make sure children are supervised.

Halloween night hours for trick-or-treating are 6-8 p.m. for Chesterfield Township and 5:30-8 p.m. in New Baltimore.

David Hess October 24, 2012 at 02:51 PM
It's time for the annual Halloween hysteria. It makes no difference that no one can point to a single report anywhere in the country of a registered sex offender attacking a Trick or Treater.
ltm October 24, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I agree with you David Hess. Here is my take: A slightly different approach: Perhaps consider laws that criminally charging parents for their lack of vigilance in being certain their children are safe. It might be a good idea to put the parents on a registry so that people know not to associate with these irresponsibly dangerous child criminals who foster (child neglect - abuse -and more)! There are no records to support crimes committed against children on Halloween and therefore no basis for Halloween Laws restricting anyone from the celebrated Halloween celebration. What's wrong with this picture? I call it sex offender phobia (A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or phobic disorder). I challenge any Attorney General of any state or our Federal Government to produce evidence supporting and justify these laws and can only wonder why these legislators, mayors, attorney generals and law enforcement aren’t confined themselves for breaking the law.. I say put up or shut up. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” - Martin Luther King Jr.
Lilly October 24, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I guess these two comments from David and Itm are condoning peds ?? Or are YOU one yourself ?
Lilly October 24, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Why do you have people comment if you don't even put up their comments ? You are prejudice ?? You agree with pedophiles and criminals I guess !! This page is a joke!
BarT October 25, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Our sex registry system is foolish. It lumps in everyone who ever mooned or streaked or urinated in public with hard-core career pedophiles, hebophiles, rapists and murderers. A registrant may have been a teenager caught with a girlfriend in the backseat, the victim of a vindictive ex-wife who made abuse allegations or a man who, legitimately, believed his partner was over 18. Whether they are a public urinator or Jerry Sandusky (who was allowed to give out candy), they all occupy the same space on our misguided and $500,000,000 per year registry.

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