Police keep tags on sex offenders on trick-or-treat night - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Police keep tags on sex offenders on trick-or-treat night

There are more than 1,300 sex offenders registered in Memphis.  It can be a scary number, especially on Halloween night.

With that in mind, Memphis Police conducted random checks Wednesday, making sure sex offenders weren't a part of trick-or-treat activities in local neighborhoods.

Lt. Felecia Adams conducted spot checks, making sure sex offenders were not handing out Halloween candy, or coming into contact with children dressed in costumes.

"It being Halloween probably gives it a little bit of additional meaning, because you have children that are actually going to door to door, and they may or may not know the person's home they're going to," she said.

If a sex offender is supervised by the Board of Probation and Parole, they have more restrictions on Halloween night.

"They can't display Halloween decorations," Adams said. "They can't pass out candy, or participate in Halloween parties."

Parents like Dana Joyner said they were concerned at the prospect of sex offenders living close by, but were encouraged to hear police were out and checking in on people.

"I've got four kids," she said. "I have to worry about all of them."  

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