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Parents urged to check sex offender list

Posted at 9:39 PM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-30 23:27:22-04

TULSA -- Law enforcement urges parents to learn where registered sex offenders live before Trick-or-Treating.

Once Megan Griffin's son, Hunter, decides between a police officer or angry bird costume, he and his family will head out to snag some candy on All Hallow’s Eve. But his mom is cautious.

Megan Griffin said, “Just being aware of cars and candy that's given to them. Checking it all before they eat it."

She’s also concerned about sex offenders.

Griffin admitted, “I do not know of any sex offenders. I haven't looked it up. We just moved into a new neighborhood. But that is definitely something i will be looking into probably tomorrow."

Lucky for the mom of three, she can look it up on the Sheriff's Office's website by typing in her address and seeing where nearby sex offenders live.

Dep. Justin Green with TCSO said, "The parents are going to have to make their own decision and use their own discretion on whether they want to go to that house or totally avoid that house. We do encourage sex offenders to keep their lights off."

After some thought, Griffin said, “I think we would avoid. We would definitely think twice about going."

And being cautious about sex offenders isn't just about protecting your kids.

Green said, “Offenders are still people. They still have rights themselves. Some of them choose not to participate in the event. We encourage parents to only go to houses that have the porch light on. But if you do go to someone's door and they choose not to answer, don't continue to knock, don't continue to press because individuals do you have their rights if they choose not to participate in the holiday."

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