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Nassau probation officers to make sex-offender rounds on Halloween

Nassau County Officials announce

Nassau County Officials announce "Operation Safe Sweets," which involves probation officers checking on over 200 probationary sex offenders during Halloween. Photo Credit: Nassau County Public Relations

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano held a news conference Wednesday to discuss one way the Department of Probation will be protecting trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

Mangano’s office said in a news release that the 6-year-old “Operation Safe Sweets” involves teams of probation officers monitoring and randomly checking on convicted sex offenders throughout the day on Oct. 31.

According to the release, the county probation department sent out letters reminding offenders on probation that they are not allowed to decorate their homes for Halloween nor are they to answer their doors should trick-or-treaters visit.

Probation officers will be going to about 200 homes to check that offenders on probation are in compliance. Those who are not will be subject to legal action.

According to Mangano, 75 percent of the sex offenders on probation in Nassau County had victims under the age of 18, 50 percent of whom were under the age of 16.

Probationers are not required to be at home on Halloween, and probation department officials said most have signs on their lawns asking for no trick-or-treating at their residences.

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