Department of Corrections to Monitor Sex Offenders on Halloween

Through Operation Porch Lights Out, sex offenders are required to either not answer the door or attend a meeting in a secure location during Halloween night.

The Virginia Department of Corrections announced Wednesday they will be "monitoring sex offenders under probation and parole through supervision on Halloween night while children are trick-or-treating." 

The agency operates Operation Porch Lights Out, which requires offenders to either stay home with their lights out and not answer the door for trick-or-treaters or to attend a meeting at a secure location during the evening, according to a news release from VADOC. 

According to VADOC:

"To ensure offender compliance, consistent with their supervisory responsibilities, VADOC Probation and Parole Officers along with State Police and local law enforcement will make random home visits.

"If offenders attend organized meetings, they are required to participate in educational sessions and drug and alcohol screening while law enforcement provides oversight of any existing warrants. The Virginia State Police will verify and update each offender’s registration on the State Police Sex Offender Registry."

Residents may look up registered sex offenders through the Virginia State Police database here.

Shana Rowan November 01, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rate of all criminals except murderers, according to dozens of university, federal and state studies. Not all sex offenders have victimized children, and over 1/3 of sex crimes perpetrated against children are committed by other children. 95% of kids are abused by family or friends who aren't on the registry. Dr. Jill Levenson’s 2009 study, “How Safe are Trick-or-Treaters: Child Sex Crime Rates on Halloween?” found that non-familial child sexual abuse accounted for less than .2% on Halloween. Why is law enforcement spreading such glaring myths, and why is the media latching on??
Isle D Belle November 01, 2012 at 01:34 PM
You are missing the boat, the nature of many sex offenses is that they go unreported. This is even more applicable when the victims are children who have been frightened into silence. Women are afraid to report sexual assaults because they fear that they will not be believed or be vilified by those who support the attacker. You really misunderstand the point of this article if you honestly assert that law enforcement is spreading myths here. All the article does is reinforce the requirement that registered sex offenders not participate in Halloween by leaving their outdoor lights dark. I don't see why you think this is such a problem.


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