A time for tricks and treats, costumes of all kinds and danger are all associated with Halloween around the corner.
Kids and adults are all excited to receive candy and scare each other; some adults wait for parties with adult treats. However there are some adults that use Halloween as an opportunity to commit crimes, crimes against children.
We all have brothers, sisters, children, nieces, nephews, cousins etc that we must watch out for and the police departments around Coastal Bend our taking no chances and visiting registered sex offender’s homes to ensure safety for our children.
Parents are the first teachers of children and they must do their parent to ensure safety among their children. Detective Grief of the Kingsville Police Department says, “Parents need to establish trust with their children most incidents are not reported until a child has told someone they trust such as their parent or school official.”
There are over 330 registered sex offenders in Kingsville alone.
Texas has a “No Candy” law which prohibits sex offenders from passing out candy on Halloween; other states are Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee. If offenders are caught violating this law they can be punished by up to three years in prison.
All sex offenders know the rules and standards that they are required to follow such as 1,000 feet away from schools or parks. They rules and standards are given to them when they are given probation and again when they register.
Probation officers are checking on registered sex offenders to ensure that they are following the rules. Rules that they must follow are that they are not allowed near children, must not have Halloween decorations such as lights and jack-o-lanterns, no candy on the porch, no driving after dark etc.
“There are always violations but it is usually sex offenders not registering or updating their information with KPD,” says Det. Greif.
Parents need to explain to their children what appropriate and inappropriate touches are; they must also explain that not only strangers can harm them but many times family members can as well. “In most cases a relative or trusted friend are the offenders,” says Det. Grief.
Children need to know and understand that if they are touched inappropriately they must tell their parents without being rejected or punished..
By: Melissa Trevino