Halloween Sex Offender Ordinance Unanimously Approved By Riverside County

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Concerned Riverside County residents can rest a little easier this Halloween knowing that sex offenders have officially been prohibited from distributing trick-or-treat candy and lighting their homes with Halloween decorations, reports AFP.

County Supervisor Jeff Stone announced, "Our responsibility is to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens... One molestation is too many in this county," reports Lake Elsinore Patch. Along with candy and decorations, it is illegal for a convicted sex offender to answer the door when trick-or-treaters visit.

The proposal was unanimously approved on Tuesday's board meeting and the measure goes into effect immediately. Violators face fines of $1,000 or more and six months in jail, reports NBC LA.

County officials note that there are 3,491 registered sex offenders in the Riverside area, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Riverside County's measure is similar to ones passed in the cities of San Jacinto and Orange.

For more information on Megan's Law and the registered sex offenders, please reference the Office of the Attorney General.

One Norco resident Julie Waltz said, "You think this is going to stop them from attacking women and children? I don't think so." What do you think? Let us know by taking this poll and posting comments below:
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Should cities ban sex offenders from celebrating Halloween?

YES: Engaging with children who are trick-or-treating may be a parole violation.

NO: It would penalize them twice. They already have restrictions on where they can live and where they can go.

NOT SURE: This law seems well-intentioned but could be ineffectual.

Around the Web

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Sex Offenders See New Limits for Halloween - New York Times

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