Area Law Enforcement To Visit Sex Offender Homes On Halloween - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/30/07

Area Law Enforcement To Visit Sex Offender Homes On Halloween

There are some porch lights that will be dark on Halloween. The only people knocking on those doors will be Lubbock County authorities. They will be checking to make sure sex offenders are not giving out candy. It's called Project Lights Out.

Project Lights Out requires that some registered sex offenders turn their porch lights off on Halloween, meaning they cannot give candy out to trick-or-treaters.

On Halloween night, some registered sex offenders should not be receiving a knock not from little hands.Instead they can expect visits from area law enforcement.

Lubbock County Adult Probation Office Supervisor Jennifer Mora said, "We check on our registered sex offenders, and any offender that we have on our case load that has a restriction with minors, we make sure that they have their porch lights out that they're home for the evening."

Mora says officers will also be checking to make sure sex offenders are not handing out candy.

"We haven't restricted them from having decorations, they just can't have their lights on and for that evening invite children to their home," Mora said.

Mora told NewsChannel 11 authorities will visit nearly 90 sex offenders homes on the South Plains.

"Rawls Police, Lorenzo Police, Slaton Police, Lubbock County Sheriff's Office Lubbock and Lubbock Police will also helping us. We have a lot of offenders and they're going out and checking on a lot of them for us. So we see everybody in that four hour period of time," Mora added.

Lubbock Police Corporal Mark Long said, "The police department itself is just checking offenders that live inside the city. Others are being checked out in the county plus other counties around here."

If a sex offender is found not complying with Project Lights Out Mora said, they would be referred to the Lubbock County District Attorney's office.

"Sanctions will be imposed on violation reports filed. We'll deal with that very strictly and harshly," Mora said.

During project lights out last year, officers found one violator. He spent time in jail and was placed under electronic monitoring.

Not all sex offenders must follow Project Lights Out rules. Their participation depends on their probation or parole.

The district parole office will also be visiting on more than a dozen registered sex offenders homes.

 

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