VSP To Monitor Registered Sex Offenders on Halloween

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) It's one of the scariest times of the year. Virginia State Police wants to make things less scary for parents, by monitoring registered sex offenders who are on probation.

For the second year, Virginia State Police troopers from the Sex Offender Investigative Unit will be visiting homes that should be off limit to kids. The visits will be unannounced.

"To those folks that are on the sex offenders registry that are still on supervised probation," said First Sergeant Frank Pyanoe, who is a Virginia State Police trooper.

As part of operation 'Porch Lights Out', registered sex offenders are required to keep their lights off during Halloween and they are not allowed to answer the door for any trick-or-treaters.

First Sergeant Pyanoe hopes parents will pay attention to the homes that have their lights off.

"It's a way to give parents, guardians, caretakers a more informed way of going about trick-or-treat activities with their children," said Pyanoe.

"We get a lot of people from the other neighborhoods come in here. Parents drive around in cars looking for houses with lights on," said John Graham who offers candy to trick-or-treaters.

"They (sex offenders) have a sickness. Don't put any temptation in front of 'em," said Graham.

Sex offenders on probation who do not have their porch lights off will be in violation.

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