Halloween watch on sex offenders

October 26, 2005

Westchester probation officials will be tracking a certain class of
monsters on Halloween night: registered sex offenders.

About 45 registered Level 2 and 3 sex offenders who live in the county
will receive “special invitations” to attend an “educational program”
between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Monday.

Those who don’t show up for the program at the probation offices in White
Plains will get a visit from teams of police and probation officers,
Probation Commissioner Rocco Pozzi said yesterday.

Registered sex offenders attending the program at county probation
offices will participate in a workshop with an alcohol substance abuse
counselor and watch two videos on victim empathy.

“The idea is to make sure that these sex offenders are occupied with
constructive matters and not focused on the children who may be knocking
at their doors this Halloween,” said County Executive Andrew Spano.

The New Jersey State Parole Board announced an even more restrictive
policy in a recent letter to the 2,200 sex offenders it supervises.

All registered offenders must be indoors by 7 p.m. Monday and cannot
answer their door when trick-or-treaters come calling. They cannot attend
parties where children are present or take any children – including their
own – out trick-or-treating.

October 26, 2005
© 2005 Daily News, L.P.

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