Its a real fear many parents have when bringing their children door to door for trick-or-treating: could their child be the victim of a registered sex offender? But local police say those incidents do not happen as often as you may think.
Most registered sex offenders are not allowed to participate in any Halloween activities. Police say they'll do their part to keep everyone safe, but parents play an important role as well.
"We can't keep track of everybody all the time," said Wausau Police Lieutenant, Nathan Pekarske, "it ultimately falls on the parents to make sure they know the neighborhoods, know the houses their kids are going to and make appropriate guidelines."
Law enforcement will be out Halloween night doing random checks on sex offenders to make sure they are complying.
Many problems that arise on Halloween come from adults.
"We recommend they have a designated driver, a safe ride home, call a cab," said Pekarske, "keep the music down, be respectful to your neighbors."
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