Officers out checking on sex offenders Halloween night

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) The Tennessee Department of Corrections is out in full force to check that registered sex offenders are complying with specific laws Halloween night.

208 homes are being searched Thursday night to make sure registered sex offenders are doing nothing to try to get trick-or-treaters near their house.

Deputy Director with the Department of Corrections, Ann Curry, said tonight is all about putting parents minds at ease so kids can enjoy the evening.

"This is the time of year where kids are often out and trick-or-treating throughout neighborhoods, and we want to ensure they are not going to our offender's homes," Curry said.

One of the Probation Officers checking those homes is Brandy Winston. She's checking to make sure offender's porch lights are off, the houses are not decorated, and they are inside their home during curfew hours.

"This way the community knows that we are keeping an eye on these offenders. And not just in October, but every month," Winston said.

Part of Winston's job is to go inside the offender's home and take a look around.

"You're looking to make sure there's no sign of any kids, or toys, or anything that would say, 'Okay, kids have been in this house'", Winston explained.

Registered sex offenders must be inside their home from 6:00p.m to 6:00a.m. and cannot answer their door unless it's a law enforcement officer knocking.

Curry said any offender found not in compliance with the law is dealt with on a case by case basis.

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