Parents can search NC sex offender registry before taking children trick-or-treating

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Wake County sheriff Donnie Harrison has a message for all 871 registered sex offenders in Wake County: Leave trick-or-treaters alone.

And he recommends that parents go online before they go trick-or-treating, to figure out what registered sex offenders live in their neighborhoods. Parents can search the state list by clicking here.

“If they are under probation/parole supervision, they tell them right up front: Don’t participate in trick-or-treating,” he said. “Don’t even cut your light on. Don’t come to the door or put out candy, so that’s not a temptation for a kid to come to that house. When they see that the light’s off, most times they don’t come, so it doesn’t put them in a bad position.”

Tyanna West, a 31-year-old mother of two, is well aware of the sex offenders in her area and will be extra cautious while trick-or-treating.

“When we trick or treat we make sure we go in neighborhoods that we are familiar with,” she said. “But I am no stranger to the sex offender registry to know like who is around me. Since I have children I think that’s important to just kind of know who is where.”

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