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Some registered sex offenders have meeting plans for Halloween

Those ID'd as possible threats are required to attend

Those ID'd as possible threats are required to attend

October 31, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - While children are out trick-or-treating tonight, registered sex offenders who officials believe could pose a threat to children will be under the supervision of local law enforcement at an undisclosed location.

About 50 registered sex offenders are expected to be at the meeting from 5 to 9 p.m., Lt. Arthur Overcash of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday afternoon.

Registered sex offenders who have been identified as possible threats have been notified of the meeting by the Department of Parole and Probation, Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said.

Officers will attempt to find any offender who has been told to attend the meeting and does not. Offenders who don't attend will be in violation of their parole or probation, Mullendore said.

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The meeting is strictly a precautionary measure, Mullendore said. He said he was not aware of any recent sexual offenses locally during trick-or-treating.

Supervising the registered sex offenders not only protects the public but also offers a certain degree of protection to the offenders, Overcash said.

If anyone brings up an issue or makes any accusations regarding an offender's whereabouts during the trick-or-treating times, police officers can vouch for the offenders, he said.

More than 150 people in Washington County are registered sex offenders, Overcash said. About 50 of those are under the supervision of the Department of Parole and Probation, he said.

Those not being supervised cannot be ordered to attend the meeting, he said.

The program began last year, and law enforcement found it worthwhile, Overcash said.

The sheriff's department and the Hagerstown Police Department will have additional patrols out tonight.

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