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Law enforcement monitor sex offenders in "The Valley"

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Muscogee County Deputy Charles McGhee Muscogee County Deputy Charles McGhee
While hundreds of kids and parents went door-to-door to get candy, local law enforcement were making sure that sex offenders were not breaking the rules. While hundreds of kids and parents went door-to-door to get candy, local law enforcement were making sure that sex offenders were not breaking the rules.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Soldiers, bees, cats, and creatures of all types were out on Halloween enjoying trick or treat hours in the Chattahoochee Valley.

While hundreds of kids and parents went door-to-door to get candy, local law enforcement were making sure that sex offenders were not breaking the rules by participating in "trick or treat" activities.

"It's kind of hard to catch some of them at that location. They don't give you a time to come check. You have to pick a time to go get them," Deputy Charles said.

We rode along with Muscogee County Deputy Charles McGhee, who's worked with the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office for 8 years. Wednesday evening, we checked on several of the 300 registered sex offenders in Columbus.

The deputy drives by the homes of registered sex offenders that are not on probation; those who are on probation have to check in with their officer on Halloween night. Parents we spoke to this evening are thankful that deputies are ensuring their children's safety.

"...That makes the citizens of Columbus feel secure knowing that the law enforcement is involved and very much aware of what is going on in our city and try to protect us as well as our children," parent Michelle Pitts said.

"I feel safe about this neighborhood in particular - we never had no problems. As far as I am concerned, we are safe and satisfied," Brandon Heart said.

Similar checks were done across the river in Russell County. Registered offenders who were on probation were required to report to the Russell County Jail Wednesday night for a special class that helps them get back on the right path and keep the streets safe.

"This is one thing that we are trying to do on our side to make it safer for our community," Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said.

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