Sheriff puts ‘no trick-or-treat’ signs in yards of sex offenders

Chad Schepp

The Gaston County Sheriff's Office says it's important to remember not every sex offender will be there- only those serving active probation.

Laura Ahearn, of Parents for Megan's Law, says there are 1,100 registered sex offenders in Suffolk County and 547 in Nassau.

A Georgia sheriff says signs have been placed at the homes of registered sex offenders to warn families not to trick-or-treat there on Halloween.

Long told CBS News that most of the registered sex offenders understood, but that a few of them sent him emails objecting to the displays. "But I'm not in the business of making them happy".

And one critic highlighted that people can be put on the sex offenders' register in Georgia for an offense as minor as peeing in public.

Around Halloween, many parents are wondering if their kids are safe going door-to-door trick-or-treating. Go online and know where these individuals live. Let's face reality: "We have a greater chance of children getting run over by a auto [on Halloween] than being a victim of sexual assault by a repeat offender", he told CBS.

The lawn signs were thought-up after the annual Butts County trick-or-treat event, usually held in the town square, was called off.

"There are some sex offenders that are not happy", he stated in the report.

You can enter an address, provide a search radius and see a map showing all offenders in that search area.

Long said he and his deputies placed the signs on the edges of offenders' yards on Saturday and they would be removed on Thursday morning.

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