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Lax laws for sex offenders on Halloween in Montana

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Most places in the U.S. require registered sex offenders turn off their porch lights or even post a sign stating their crimes on Halloween, but not in the Treasure State.

Thanks to Montana law, sex offenders aren't as easy to spot. Offenders are allowed to keep their lights on or decorate as they see fit.

 

The Department of Justice has a website where you can check to see if anyone in your area is a sexual or violent offender, but that's not always the strongest defense.


"The violent registry is no guarantee that every house is safe. That's where having two people or more to go up and be with you as you go to the house is important," said Sheriff Leo Dutton, Lewis and Clark County.  

Dutton says to always double check your kid's candy. Don't let them hop back in the car and immediately start eating. Also, look for trusted candy and chocolate brands.  Unless it
s a relative or neighbor, avoid homemade sweets.
 

He says to always have a safety plan and be on the lookout for unusual behavior.


Dutton says as far as he is aware, there have not been any issues with sex offenders in Helena on Halloween. However, to be safe, they will be out patrolling tonight until all of the princesses and pirates are safe in bed.

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