Officers Look To Keep Sex Offenders Off The Streets On Halloween

By Adam Chick

October 31, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's called Operation Halloween. It's a special program done every Halloween by New York State parole officers to make sure that sex offenders don't have any contact with children.

"We're going to be doing curfew checks and home visits on sex offenders for Halloween," said senior parole officer Tony Roblyen.

On Halloween, every sex offender that's on parole has to be inside their residence by 3:00 p.m. with their outside lights off.

The goal is for them to have zero contact with would be trick-or-treaters.

"We go to the houses. We view videos, and other things to make sure that they're in compliance with their conditions," said Roblyen.

Conditions that are very strict. Any violation could land the sex offender in jail.

These offenders aren't allowed to have any child themed movies in their houses, such as Disney movies, for example.

Officers are confiscating this offender's copy of 'The Pursuit of Happyness' because it involves a child.

"So we're going to check into this. You know you're not supposed to have that," said Roblyen.

The offender, who declined to be on camera, wasn't arrested for the movie, but he was warned.

Parole Officers have been doing operation Halloween every year since 2006.

By keeping these predators off the street, children are able to trick or treat more safely.

"With predators and children to keep them safe we really want them off the street and out of the grasp of any type of children in the community," said Roblyen.