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RCSO keeping tabs on sex offenders on Halloween

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

If you're a registered sex offender in Richmond County, that's not a trick-or-treater knocking on your door.

It's a Sheriff's Deputy.

"We don't want to make it easy for them or entice them in any way," says Capt. Scott Gay.

As princesses and superheroes roamed the neighborhoods Wednesday night, so did Richmond Co. deputies and Department of Corrections officers, making sure sex offenders are compliant with the law.

"We come out every year to make sure everything stays safe, rolls smooth, and that they're following the laws and things that they should to keep these people safe," says Sgt. Dee Humphreys.

Per their conditional release, the offenders aren't allowed to pass out candy, decorate their home, or even turn on their porch light.

"Things that kids would have a need to go to the door alone," describes Gay. "We're just making sure they're not participating in any Halloween activities of any sort."

Deputies say the system not only protects kids.

It also protects the offenders from themselves.

"It works for both sides," says Humphreys. "It keeps temptation away from the sex offenders, and it also keeps the kids safe."

But the Sheriff's Office says it's also up to parents to keep their kids away from the homes on Halloween night, something which can be done by simply being observant of the neighborhood.

"If the lights are not on, then they are not participating in the Halloween events," says Gay.

Deputies say after years of performing checks, almost all of the offenders comply.

However, if they are found in violation, it could mean back into custody they go.

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