Halloween Rules for Sex Offenders

Sex offenders in Florida are getting a knock on the door today so they won't be getting a knock on the door Halloween night.

They are not allowed to leave their lights on or give out candy and probation officers were making their rounds Friday to be sure they know all the rules.

Three year old Elena Toro couldn't wait to put on her kitty cat costume and her parents have already checked the state's sex offender registry to be sure they don't go knocking on the wrong door.

"I don't think she's going trick or treating by herself for a long time. I'm going to be right there with her watching out for anybody that looks suspicious or might be a little too friendly," said Sherilyn Toro.

Probation officer Kala Nealy is knocking on doors now, making sure there is no confusion that could put a child at risk Halloween night.

"You're not to open the door to anyone except law enforcement or ourselves with the DOC. No candy in the apartment, nothing that's going to lure children," Nealy explained to a sex offender Friday afternoon.

We tagged along as she visited a registered sex offender off Jackson Bluff Road Friday afternoon.

"It's part of our job to make sure that children in the neighborhood are safe," Nealy said.

Nealy checks on sex offenders four times a month but the DOC adds an extra visit in October.

That's good news to Elena's mom Sharilyn. We found three registered offenders within a half mile of her home including one on her own street.

"There are three of them, two sex offenders, a sexual predator and this one actually lives right down the street from your home."

"Yes, I'm familiar with him," Nealy said as we handed her flyers of each of the offenders.

Probation officers say they will also make spot checks Halloween night to be sure that sex offenders are following all the rules.


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