BENTON -- Changes have been made by lawmakers this year to require all registered sex offenders to make precautions not to come into contact with children for Halloween.
Missouri statute 589.426 required registered sex offenders to avoid all Halloween-related contact with children and remain inside their home between 5 and 10:30 p.m. unless required to be somewhere for just cause. These causes include, but are not limited to, employment and medical emergencies.
The offender must also post a sign at their residence stating "No candy or treats at this residence," as well as leave all outside lights off during the hours after 5 p.m.
Any person violating the statute will be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said that deputies will do random spot checks at the residences of registered sex offenders to ensure they are in compliance with the new regulations. There are currently around 100 registered offenders in Scott County, he said in a news release.