Paroled Sex Offenders Locked Down For Halloween
Queens cops and state Parole officials will be hot on the trail of the borough’s registered sexual predators this Halloween, conducting surveillance to make sure they remained at home and stayed a safe distance from young trick-or-treaters, law enforcement sources said.
Under an expanded Operation Halloween: Zero Tolerance program, special restrictions were placed on paroled sex offenders throughout Queens from 3 p.m. October 31 until 6 a.m. November 1.
Under the zero-tolerance enforcement, paroled pedophiles, sex offenders and rapists will be visited by police and other law enforcement officials on Halloween, to determine if they are hiding child pornography or other prohibited pornographic materials at home, the sources said.
The convicted perverts have been ordered to remain at home Halloween night. The parolees are prohibited from wearing masks or costumes, they are forbidden to participate in any seasonal festivities and have been warned not to open their doors to children looking for candy or other Halloween goodies, New York State Parole sources said.
“There is certainly nothing more frightening than the thought of one of these men opening their door to innocent children,” a state parole source said.
During previous Halloween enforcement operations, parole investigators conducted a series of unannounced home visits and performed curfew checks on the offenders on October 31. Investigators followed up the visits with phone calls to the paroled sex offenders’ homes throughout the night on Halloween, to make sure they did not sneak out to search for children.
Parole officers carried portable DVD and CD players on Halloween visits to the offenders’ homes, to determine if the men had switched covers to hide banned materials.
Those who violate their parole by failing to follow the mandates face having their parole revoked and being sent back to prison, law enforcement officials said.