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Watchful Eye On Sex Offenders During Trick-Or-Treat

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Sex offenders in Westchester, both registered and non-registered, had to report to the County Center Sunday so authorities could keep an eye on them while children are out trick-or-treating.

The Westchester County Department of Probation has once again this Halloween invited sex offenders to a mandatory meeting during prime trick or treating time.

Listen: WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports.

The meeting was scheduled from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

All 175 registered and non-registered sex offenders on probation were expected to hear from victims and the father of a victim during the meeting.

Afterwards, the most serious offenders were to be driven home by their probation officers.

Sunday’s meeting will be the sixth consecutive year the County hosted a Halloween night event to keep sex offenders off the streets as trick-or-treaters go out.

“The Department of Probation’s nationally recognized program has been in the forefront of shaping policies to contain sex offenders in the community,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “This is particularly important on Halloween, when so many children are out on the street. I want to make sure they stay safe.”

Offenders who don’t attend the meeting, without being excused by the Department, will receive a visit from probation officers and police and may be issued a violation of probation.

  • Veritas

    In addition to these comments, most sex offenses are opportunistic and committed by family members, close family friends, or others known and trusted by the child’s family. The idea of the random stranger kidnapping and raping kids is extremely rare. More kids are killed each Halloween by getting hit by cars than anything else, but instead of spending money paying officers to extra patrol the neighborhoods for careless drivers and speeders, they focus on an easier target of public ire. Don’t get me wrong; anyone who would sexually assault a child gets very little sympathy from me, but there are enough real problems out there without creating our own folk devils.

  • BF

    People in Westchester are Morans. As David H has suggested, it is a waste of time and money to remand sex offenders.
    More than that, valuable resources to patrol and keep a watchful eye on the community are being used to enforce these rules. Nearly every sex offender who has completed a sexual offender treatment will not reoffend and they actually become our neighborhoods bigest promoter of stopping sexual abuse. Currently all of our money is being spent on containing sex offenders who will not reoffend. Would it not be worthy to start programs that make our young people aware of the consequences of sexual offense.

  • DavidH

    This has replaced the urban myths about poison candy and razor blades in apples.
    Literally thousands of articles have been published in recent years about the danger presented by registered sex offenders at Halloween. Absent from all of them has been any mention of any specific incident in which a registered sex offender has attacked a Trick-or-Treater—not one, ever! This is a new urban myth. We always need some sort of monster on Halloween. It’s the nature of the holiday.

    Also, be aware that 95% of those arrested for sex crimes are first time offenders.

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