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Watchful Eye On Sex Offenders During Trick-Or-Treat

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Halloween safety will once again be a priority in 2010 and CBSNewYork.com has tips to make it a fun day for everyone. (AP File Photo)

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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.

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