KCSO: 3 sex offenders arrested ahead of Halloween

Erika Holt
November 2, 2018

Butts County Sheriff's Office said signs will be placed at registered sex offenders' residences on Wednesday to warn residents to avoid the houses. Officers have posted the signs to provide residents a "safe and enjoyable Halloween".

A sheriff raised eyebrows after erecting signs outside sex offenders' homes warning children not to trick or treat there.

In response to any potential questions about the legality of the signs, Long added in parenthesis that the action was in accordance with Georgia Law O.C.G.A. 42-1-12-i (5), "which states the sheriff shall inform the public of the presence of sexual offenders in each community". In Munroe County, just south of Butts County, the deputy said sex offenders would have to "spend the evening at the sheriff's office" if they choose to not have the signs in their yard.

"I'm not trying to humiliate 'em or anything like that".

"Children should not go to the door alone", she says.

"Seeing as how registered sex offenders usually are not to be around children to begin with, a sign letting the children know where not to go is not a disgusting thought", added another user.

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"There are some sex offenders that are not happy", Sheriff Gary Long told WCNC.

"But at the end of the day", he continued, "if, in fact, we had a child that fell victim to a sexual assault, especially by a convicted sex offender, I don't think I could sleep at night".

Long admitted chances are slim that any of the registered sex offenders in the county would try anything. "They should be inside their homes and make it look like they're not participating at all", DOC field supervisor Christopher Susa said. "There's such a gray area.but yet they happen to be treated all the same".

"Halloween is a fun holiday for children and families and we want to make it as safe as possible", Sheriff Rick Staly said in a release.

"They're not able to display any Halloween decorations".

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