Operation Halloween: Keeping sex offenders away from kids

By Jillian Marshall

October 31, 2013 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 10:42 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York State Parole Officers hit the streets to make sure local sex offenders stayed away from trick or treaters on Halloween.

Operation Halloween is an annual event when New York State Patrol Officers check up on parole supervised sex offenders.

Nine local parole officers went to more than 50 different sex offenders' homes in Broome and Delaware counties Thursday night, to make sure they were staying away from children.

Sex offenders under parole supervision have special conditions to follow on Halloween: They have a 3 p.m. curfew and they cannot participate in any Halloween activities, especially trick or treating. Sex offenders have to put a sign on their door that indicates they do not participate in trick or treating. no trick or treaters.

"We have guys that are power rapists, we have guys that are child offenders, pedophiles, so we'll look for different things at different spots," said Patrol Officer Rick Hoyt.

If searching a child sex offender's home, officers focused on looking for child-themed movies, magazines, toys, video game systems, basically anything they could use to lure a child.

Sex offender's are checked on at least three times a month by their parole officer.

"This is all pretty much what we do every day of the year. Tonight (Halloween) is a different operation, but it's all part of what we do year round," Hoyt said.

Hoyt says they also check journals that sex offenders are mandated to keep. Hoyt says it helps parole officers track what sex offenders are doing and who they see between parole check ups.

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