Eight people on the sex offender registry in Wisconsin have been arrested for violating parole or probation, which requires them to follow certain rules during the Halloween season.
FOX reports that authorities made their rounds to the homes of sex offenders prior to trick-or-treat day in Milwaukee that lands on Sunday, October 28. They were ensuring that sex offenders were following required rules as part of their parole and/or probation, which can include no dressing up in costume, no Halloween decorations, no handing out candy, and no alcohol in the home.
Chad Shepp, a probation/parole agent with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) said that sex offenders must also stay indoors at least one hour before and one hour after trick-or-treating. Shepp also said nothing negative occurred during most interactions with Milwaukee sex offenders, but at least eight people were found to be in violation of their parole/probation.
“There were some for the violations of Halloween contract which would have been candy and decorations. there were also some violations for possessing contraband that they should not have such as cell phones or computers or other items that they were prohibited from having,” Thomas Salter with the Wisconsin DOC said.
The number of violators so far has been less than 2017’s sweep, when around 30 sex offenders were found to be in violation.
“We just want to make sure the children have a safe Halloween experience,” Schepp said.
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