The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service conducted a sex offender compliance operation last week to prepare for Halloween.
From Monday through Friday, 403 sex offender compliance checks were conducted, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
A total of 38 sex offenders were not living at the registered address. These investigations will be submitted to the Lorain County prosecutor’s office, and charges may be filed, according to the news release.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the goal of the operation was to check on these sex offenders before Halloween because children will be going from house to house trick-or-treating. Anyone who wants check on registered sex offenders in their neighborhood can do so at www.loraincountysheriff.com.
Citizens with concerns about sex offenders who are not living where they are registered is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office offers the following additional safety tips for Halloween:
- Never allow children or teens to trick-or-treat alone.
- Always accompany young children to the doors of the homes they approach.
- Never allow kids to enter a home without permission from a parent.
- Never allow children to approach any vehicle unless they know the owner.
- Always have children carry a flashlight or a glow stick.
- Never approach a house that is not well lit.
- Always scream, kick and punch anyone who tries to grab or force kids to go with them.
- Never consume unwrapped or prepackaged treats.
- Always carefully inspect treats for open wrappers.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot and Lorain County Sheriff Phil Stammitti issued the following joint statement:
“We will continue to work in collaboration with our law enforcement partners to ensure that our children remain safe during this Halloween season and throughout the year. If a sex offender thinks they can elude the law, we will track them down and prosecute them to the fullest extent.”