October 30, 2019 at 4:18 PM CDT
Updated November 4 at 7:51 AM
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. (Heartland News at 9) - The Cape Girardeau County sheriff’s office did compliance checks on registered sex offenders on Halloween night.
Of the 56 offenders checked, 16 were found not to be compliant.
Cape Girardeau County officials said they are sending paperwork to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on these individuals.
They posted a reminder on Facebook of the Missouri law.
The law states for anyone registered as a sexual offender will be required on Oct. 31 of each year to:
- Avoid all Halloween-related contact with children
- Stay inside your home between 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., unless required to be elsewhere for just cause
- Post a sign at your home stating, “No candy or treats at this residence”
- Leave all outside residential lighting off during the evening hours after 5 p.m.
The Cape Girardeau Sheriff’s Department said they’ve been checking in with dozens of registered sex offenders throughout their county.
Sheriff Ruth Ann Dickerson said compliance checks are important because not every parent knows where a sex offender lives.
“It’s not that we want to draw extra attention to them, but by law this is something that they have to do," Dickerson said. "I think it would make me as a mother and a grandmother feel more secure knowing that house is not going to be where I take my children to trick or treat.”
And if a sex offender does not plan to be at home Sheriff Dickerson says they have to call in and register where they’re going to be.