Authorities keeping child sex offenders in check on Halloween

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - For the first time, probation and parole agents in Charleston County are giving offenders who are on probation or parole a choice.

They could spend Halloween night in their office or agents will come to their house to make sure they are staying away from kids.

As many as 25 convicted child sex offenders are expected to show up at Charleston County's Probation and Parole Office on Halloween night and will stay there until trick or treating is officially over.

In the past, agents had to drive out to the home of every convicted child sex offender on their list to make sure they were home.

This Halloween, offenders are being allowed to come in on their own to the probation and parole office for a few hours.

"The ones that come in, we're going to be working with them as far as making sure their cases are up to date," said Agent Mitchell Ray.

Ray says the offenders who choose to stay home on Halloween must leave their porch lights off from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and cannot have any contact with children.

Offenders who break the rules on Halloween could wind up in jail, according to Ray.

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