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Friday, October 30, 2009

Did Mo. need a law to keep sex offenders home on Halloween?

Jack The Missouri Attorney General's office is reminding folks -- and by folks, they mostly mean sex offenders -- that registered sex offenders are supposed to follow the following rules on Halloween:

• Avoid all Halloween-related contact with children.

• Remain inside his or her residence between the hours of 5:00 and 10:30 p.m. unless required to be elsewhere for just cause, including but not limited to employment or a medical emergency.

• Post a sign on his or her residence stating, “No candy or treats at this residence.”

• Leave off all outside residential lighting during the evening hours after 5:00 p.m.

The law has faced legal challenges, the AG's office notes, but says it'll still be enforced. The Sex Crimes blog, though, points us to this study, which argues there's not an increased risk of sex crimes against kids on Halloween.

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