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The Racine County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Community Corrections (DCC) partnered to conduct additional supervised checks on sex offenders residing throughout Racine County during Halloween trick-or-treat hours.

The sex offenders under supervision of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections sign a Halloween Contract that requires them to be indoors a minimum of one hour before, during and one hour following locally scheduled Halloween trick-or-treating.

The sex offender is also not allowed to participate in any type of Halloween and or trick or treat activities and is required to be home during these times.

There were approximately 124 Halloween compliance checks completed Sunday Oct. 28 during the Racine County trick-or-treat hours. There were three rule violations noted with three offenders taken into custody for these violations. The violations noted were for consuming intoxicating beverages and for failure to remain at their residence as required. DOC personnel also issued one warrant for an offender.

Racine County Sheriff Chris Schmaling

On Wednesday Oct. 31 there were 37 compliance checks with zero violations noted. It is with the continued cooperation of the Racine County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Community Corrections that the checks will continue to make the Halloween tradition safe for those participating in it.

Sheriff Christopher Schmaling added: “The innocence of a child is the greatest gift of all. When that gift is stolen from them at the hands of a sexual predator it is vital that law enforcement take steps to ensure the safety of our children.”

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.