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Iowa law enforcement recommends checking sex offender registry ahead of Halloween

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 7:51 AM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) - As people in Iowa prepare to trick-or-treat for Halloween this weekend, law enforcement officials are warning parents to be careful about where their kids get their candy.

Specifically, officials recommend parents take a look at the sex offender registry.

In Iowa, sex offenders don’t have to identify themselves to trick-or-treaters or to parents on the holiday.

“There’s no law that stops them from turning on their porch lights and passing out candy,” said Lt. Ryan Evans with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

In the state’s biggest county, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office makes checks every year to make sure all offenders are in compliance.

Different crimes require offenders to comply with different conditions. Some sex offenders must check in with law enforcement quarterly, while others only need to once a year.

“It’s the parents’ job, they really need to go to that website, pull up that map and know that neighborhood,” Lt. Evans said.

According to the Iowa Sex Offender Registry, there are 380 registered sex offenders in Linn County. In Johnson County, there are 154. In Dubuque County, there are 129. And there are 303 in Black Hawk County.

Click here to view the Iowa Sex Offender Registry.

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