Sex offender curfew rules on Halloween

VIDEO: Sex offender curfew rules on Halloween

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - On Saturday, October 31, sex offenders under probation, parole or supervision in the state will be under a mandated curfew.

It's the tenth year this regulation has been in place.

It will take place between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Charleston County officials say it's a way to keep children safe on Halloween, as well as those convicted offenders.

"There's a stigma around being a sex offender sometimes," said Mitchell Ray, Agent in Charge at Charleston County Probation & Parole. "If they're here under our supervision, in the building, while we're watching all 40 of them, then they feel safe that they're here and accounted for."

The 40 offenders Ray is talking about are the ones who are under supervision by Charleston County.

Their crimes are primarily against a child.

"Most of the people that we deal with are trying to get on with their lives," Ray said. "They're trying to comply with the conditions of supervision. That's what we concentrate on."

Other offenders on the registry who are still under probation or parole are monitored by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

They have other rules that need to be followed.

"They can have no candy, no parties, and they cannot have their porch lights on that would draw or attract family members to come up to the house," Ray said.

To give you some perspective for how many offenders are on the registry in Charleston County there are 186 offenders within a five mile radius around WCSC off Glenn McConnell in West Ashley.

Ray said while the number may be surprising, the state curfew has worked.

"We've been doing it for ten long years and we've been very, very successful."

Ray said the best way to keep your children safe is by trick-or-treating with them.

Make sure you're going to areas that you know, and never step inside a home.

These sex offender guidelines do not pertain to those offenders who have already completed their probation or parole.

Those individuals are able to go wherever they wish.

According to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office there are 815 active offenders in Charleston County.

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