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Safe Halloween with Operation Boo

Posted: 6:21 PM, Oct 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-01 06:38:11Z
Safe Halloween with Operation Boo

Operation Boo is marking 25 years of fighting Child Sex Abuse with 'Boo Tips' focusing on perpetrators well-known to victims.

Operation Boo is a statewide program in its 25th year where parole officers knock on the door of known sex offenders to make sure they are following the law. 

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, there were 32 checks made by parole agents and seven arrests of paroled sex offenders in violation.

Registered Sex offenders who are current parolees are not allowed to have outside lights on during Halloween and officials said that they can't open the door unless for an officer or leave their home from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.

If a registered sex offender is not a current parolee, they are allowed to have decorations and lights and can pass out candy.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation wants the public to know "stranger danger" is no longer a main concern. The Department of Justice reported 10% of molestations are done by strangers. They said 30% of molesters are family of the child and 60% are known to the child, such as neighbors, friends or babysitters.

Officials suggest visiting the Megan's Law website to see if there are sex offenders in your neighborhood or the area you're trick or treating in.

The California Megan’s Law Sex Offender Locator may be accessed at this link .