Sex offender compliance checks during Milwaukee County trick-or-treat hours results in 5 arrests
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- While kids were out trick-or-treating in Milwaukee County on Sunday, 14 local law enforcement agencies and the Department of Corrections officers went out to do compliance checks for 231 high-risk sex offender homes.
Any of the sex offenders under supervision by the DOC could get a knock on their door.
"These are just individuals who have been identified for being convicted of a child sex offense or a register-able offense with the sex offender registry," said Carly Patskowski, Probation and Parole Agent, with the WI Department of Corrections.
Out of 2,200 home visits in Wisconsin last year, more than 40 sex offenders were arrested for not following the rules.
They were given a Halloween contract outlining what they can't do during trick-or-treat hours which included the following:
- Having any Halloween decorations, either inside or outside their residence
- Handing out candy or participating in trick or treat activities
- Wearing a Halloween costume
- Turning on their porch light during trick or treating hours
"I love that they do these checks. That way a parent that is knowledgeable, knows for a fact that 'ok, we're never gonna touch this house right here'," said Latrina Williamson who was trick-or-treating in Wauwatosa.
There were five sex offenders total arrested on Sunday in Milwaukee County for not following the rules of their supervision.
"It protects our kids and that's number one," said Williamson.
Parents who plan on trick-or-treating Thursday and would like to check if there are any sex offenders in their neighborhood can do so by clicking here.