Sex Offenders Ordered Indoors This Halloween

By Mike Trim

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 26, 2006 at 11:07 AM EDT

A curfew for paroled sex offenders will make sure they won't mix in with children walking past decorated houses like this on Halloween.

It orders them to stay in their homes from 3pm until 6am.

One man who spoke with Action News says it's unfair.

"I don't think it's necessary. I mean we've got stipulations to follow and things like that, so if we do what we got to do, I don't think it's necessary to have us in by 3 o'clock," says one registered sex offender.

This sex offender in Binghamton doesn't want to be identified, but says the curfew makes him feel like he's back in jail.

But that's not the way one mother living close by feels.

"It makes me feel a lot safer because I know they're not going to be bothering my kids. They're in their house, they have to stay in their house," says Nicole Pickard of Binghamton.

To enforce that, parole officers will be walking the streets on the holiday.

Parole officers will also be checking up on what sex offenders are doing inside their homes.

One way they'll do that is use portable DVD players to randomly check if there's any inappropriate DVD's in their homes that would violate their parole.

Sex offenders also can't wear costumes, or answer doors for trick or treating children.

"I don't know if they would be out there committing crimes. But we are in the business of preventing those things from happening," says :William Ponder of the New York State Parole Division.

And the State Parole Division hopes the curfew will make this halloween safe for all children.

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