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South Carolina Sex Offenders Under Halloween Curfew

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State agents are again monitoring hundreds of sex offenders around South Carolina this Halloween.

According to the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, the more than 900 sex offenders it monitors are under a curfew from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

During that time, the agency says offenders cannot host parties, attend carnivals, give out candy or even have their outdoor lights on. Agents will call and drop by some offenders’ homes on Halloween night to check in.

In some areas, sex offenders are required to report to designated locations. Agency spokesman Pete O’Boyle said sex offenders under supervision in Anderson County will again be required to gather in an auditorium at the state agency’s office. Deputies will also check on some offenders who aren’t still on parole or probation, Anderson County authorities said.

In Dorchester County, sheriff’s Maj. John Garrison said deputies will have more people on the streets and turning on their blue lights.

This is the sixth year paroled South Carolina sex offenders have had a Halloween curfew. Authorities say it’s safe to let kids go door-to-door to trick-or-treat as long as they’re supervised.

“The Halloween curfew has worked well in the past to provide peace of mind to the public,” agency director Kela E. Thomas said. “We want parents to know that there is an extra measure of protection when their children go trick-or-treating.”

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