McLennan County will require sex offenders to spend Halloween at probation office

Posted: 11:10 PM, Oct 28, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-29 04:13:26Z

For the twelfth straight year, McLennan County will require that some sex offenders spend Halloween night at the county's probation office. It's an effort to keep trick-or-treaters safe.

"You know it's one of our initiatives as a community supervision and corrections department to ensure public safety," said Herlinda Grusendorf with McLennan County Community Supervision and Corrections. 

The probation office expects 85 sex offenders that are currently under supervision to report to the office on Monday and stay from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Any no shows will be greeted at their home by a probation officer or police officer. Grusendorf says additional sanctions might also be added to the terms of their probation.

Waco families support the policy.

"You always worry about that stranger coming up and just trying to be courteous but you don't know what their intentions are," said Patty Pursley, a grandmother of several children. 

"You always think about it," said Waco father Wesley Young. "Hate to be in a situation where something like that could happen, so it's always in the back of your mind."

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