Sex Offenders Check-In With Law Enforcement on Halloween 10-31-13
CBS 7 News
October 31, 2013
The Ector County Courthouse Halloween Day was filled with trick-or-treaters, but at dusk it’s a completely opposite crowd. 55 child sex offenders on probation were required to check in from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“It serves as a protector for the children who are out their trick-or-treating and happen to trick or treat at the wrong door,” Laura Hall the Ector County Sexual Probation Officer says there are ten more child sex offenders from last year.
During their time there Hall says they are counseled and they watch a movie she says she's never had an issue with no-show's but its most likely because of the harsh penalty a warrant for their arrest is issued the next morning.
“It’s a zero tolerance issue that we have,” she said.
“We usually go home to home,” said Parent Ashley Garcia,” There are still crazy things that happen out there, but that's the main thing that matters is that they (law enforcement) are doing that.”
There are nearly 700 sex offenders in Midland and Odessa combined, however only sex offenders on probation were required to check in Halloween evening.
Around 70 sex offenders on probation checked in with Midland County this year. Ector County requires only the sex offenders who where involved with a minor 17 years old or younger to show.
In Ector County, two of the registered child sex offenders on probation are women.
Law enforcement checked on them at their homes.
All sex offenders must register with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
A map of their homes are available on their website: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/sexoffender/