2016-10-26 / Front Page

NYPD, State Expands Halloween Sex Perv Watch

By Liz Goff
Queens police and state Parole officials will be hot on the trail of the borough’s registered sexual predators again this Halloween, conducting surveillance to make sure they remain at home and stay a safe distance from young trick-or-treaters, police officials said.

Under the expanded NYPD/State Parole “Operation Halloween: Zero Tolerance” program, special restrictions will be placed on paroled sex offenders throughout Queens from October 30 to November 1, the officials said.

As part of the zero-tolerance enforcement, paroled pedophiles, sex offenders and rapists will be visited by police and other law enforcement officials on October 30 and Halloween to determine if they are hiding X-rated movies or other prohibited pornographic materials at their residences, police said.

The convicted sex offenders will be ordered to remain at home from 3 p.m. on October 31 to 6 a.m. on November 1, police said.  The sex offenders are also prohibited from wearing masks or costumes, they are forbidden to participate in any seasonal festivities and will be warned, in person and in writing, not to open their doors to children looking for candy or other Halloween goodies, New York State Parole officials said.

“There is certainly nothing more frightening than the thought of one of these men opening their door to innocent children,” parole officials said.

State parole investigators conducted similar crackdowns over the past few years, making unannounced home visits and performing curfew checks on the offenders on October 3l.. 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 costumed children, parole officials said.

Parole officers carried portable DVD and CD players on Halloween visits to the offenders homes, to determine if the men had “switched covers” on material found in the homes, to hide pornographic videos portraying young children.

Convicted child sexual predators who violate their parole by failing to follow the mandates face having their parole revoked and being sent back to prison.

For information or advice on keeping kids safe on Halloween, call the Crime Prevention Officer at your local police precinct.

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