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Sheriff conducts annual Halloween sex offender round-up

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - With more than 300 registered sex offenders in Muscogee County. It is hard for authorities to keep up with them all, especially on Halloween night when children are all over town.

News Leader 9 rode along with deputies as they conducted their annual Halloween sex offender round-up.

"My job is to pay all the sex offenders an unannounced visit," explained Muscogee County Sheriff's Deputy Bridget Benedon.

Sex offenders in Muscogee County who are still on parole have to spend their Halloween night with their parole officers.

Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr said, "We are asking they report back to the house, to just make sure they stay in the house until 5 a.m. The next day and leave the porch lights off, don't have anything on your porch or in your yard that will invite children into your yard."

Those are not on parole getting a knock at the door, but not from trick-or-treaters.

Benedon told News Leader Nine, "We are going to increase our numbers of patrol units on the street and we are going to pay each sex offender a visit and make sure they aren't participating in trick-or-treating."

Sheriff Darr says the increased patrol along with the mandatory requirements for sex offenders will help keep families safer during the holiday, "This right here is a big part of what the sheriff's office does each year to ensure the safety not only of kids but of people in the community."

Deputy Benedon added, "Basically letting the sex offenders and community know we are out there, visible, and paying attention to what they are doing in the community."

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