The Greene County Sheriff reported to the Greene County Commission the number of sex offenders in the county that were found to be not in compliance with the state’s laws regarding Halloween.
The Sheriff said that deputies were able to check all but seven of the 302 sex offenders in the county required to comply with the state statute. The Sheriff added the seven that were not checked were not simply because his deputies ran out of time to get to everyone in the window where offenders are required to follow the statute.
The deputies discovered that 42 of the sex offenders were found in violation of the Halloween Statute.
Sheriff Arnott pointed out to Commission that the violations did not mean that all 42 of the offenders were not home at the time, it could mean they had an outside light on or did not have a sign on display telling people they were not participating in Halloween.
Deputies are finishing up case packets to submit to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office for charges. Those found to have violated the statute could face a class A misdemeanor charge.
Here is Missouri Law 589.426:
589.426. Halloween, restrictions on conduct — violations, penalty. — 1. Any person required to register as a sexual offender under sections 589.400 to 589.425 shall be required on October thirty-first of each year to:
(1) Avoid all Halloween-related contact with children;
(2) Remain inside his or her residence between the hours of 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;
(3) Post a sign at his or her residence stating, “No candy or treats at this residence”; and
(4) Leave all outside residential lighting off during the evening hours after 5 p.m.
2. Any person required to register as a sexual offender under sections 589.400 to 589.425 who violates the provisions of subsection 1 of this section shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.