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Officers Check on Sex Offenders

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON Tenn.- Correctional officers from different West Tennessee counties joined forces with the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole to make sure registered sex offenders were not targeting kids this Halloween.

Teams of officers were sent across the area to conduct home checks on more than 220 offenders.

"We make sure that there's no candy, or any celebrations going on inside their home," said probation officer Darlene Millson.

Sex offenders had a 5 p.m. curfew on Halloween night, could not turn their porch lights on, and no decorations were allowed outside the home that could attract kids.

Officers said parents should still be cautious, and not 'trick-or-treat' in homes that are unfamiliar.

"They're out there. So just always be with your child, don't let them go into someones home," said Millson

If offenders did not comply with curfew or celebrate in anyway, warrants were placed for their arrest.