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Warren Co. forces sex offenders not to engage in Halloween festivities

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Warren County Common Pleas Court has strict guidelines on sex offenders for Halloween night.

Officials said they are requiring sex offenders, who are under a court mandated supervision, report to the probation office during the hours for trick-or-treating.

That’s between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. according to associate director of the Warren County Common Pleas Court Services Thomas Lankford.

There are just over 190 sex offenders in Warren County according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office website.

Lankford said just over 20 are under supervision and must report to the court house at 5 p.m. on Halloween.

“These are not necessarily tough or bad people,” said Lankford. “They are individuals  that need to be monitored for a period of time. If they do everything they are required to do, under those conditions, then they can be released from supervision,” he continued.

The offenders who do not have a pre-approved location will be in a group at the court house similar to AA.

“They’ll be going over materials and having a conversation about the process and requirements in the stages of change,” Lankford explained.

Officers will be out in the community, patrolling neighborhoods and checking on the offenders' homes, making sure they’re no decorations out. Offenders have also been told the keep the porch light out.

Essentially, they’ve been told not to do anything that may attract children. “We’ve had no issues with compliance with that,” Lankford said.

The program has been going on for more than 5 years. Warren County is one of the few in the Cincinnati area to require this.

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