As a regular operation of Christian County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, deputies spent part of the Halloween night checking the compliance of registered sex offenders throughout Christian County.
Deputies checked the homes of all 122 sex offenders in Christian County on Oct. 31. A total of nine probable cause statements will be sent to the prosecuting attorney’s office due to what deputies say is non-compliance by nine different offenders.
According to Missouri state law, any person required to register as a sexual offender must meet a certain set of requirements on Halloween, including:
-Avoid all Halloween-related contact with children.
-Remain inside his/her residence between 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. unless required to be elsewhere for just cause, including but not limited to employment or medical emergencies.
-Post a sign at his/her residence stating, “No candy or treats at this residence.”
-Leave all outside residential lighting off during the evening hours after 5 p.m.
Any person required to register as a sexual offender under sections who does not meet the requirements shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
According to a press release from Sheriff Brad Cole, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office mailed registered sex offenders a sign to post and a copy of the Missouri Revised Statutes for reference on how to be compliant.