McLennan County keeps sex offenders off the street on Halloween

McLennan County keeps sex offenders off the street on Halloween
Posted at 11:03 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 09:49:11-04

Each year on Halloween many kids will be out on the streets trick-or-treating. But what about the sex offenders in your community? 

In McLennan County, there are 123 sex offenders under the watchful eye of the McLennan County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD). On Halloween, the CSCD makes sure they are all accounted for. 

In September, they were given a letter stating they must report to the CSCD. All letters needed to be signed and returned to ensure that they knew what the plans were for Oct 31. 

From 6 - 10 p.m., the sex offenders will report to the CSCD where there will be a therapist to conduct individual sex offender therapy sessions, health department presentation, substance abuse and victim impact video. 

Chip Seigman Director of Adult Supervision says it not only keeps the community safe but also the ones registered. 

"It's for public safety so we know where they are," Seigman said. "It also protects the offender because there can't be allegations during that time." 

Finding out if a sex offender lives in your area is as easy as surfing the internet. All you have to do is visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website and search your city or county. 

McLennan County has hosted this program for the past 15 years. This is all to help secure the community and help with some people's peace of mind, like Nelda Kirk who has five grandchildren. She's happy knowing the county is keeping them out of harms way. 

"I feel very comfortable for them being able to go trick or treating and very thankful that they can and not be scared," Kirk said. 

Even though registered predators are accounted for you should still have a conversation with your kids about stranger danger. 

"You cant not explain don't talk to a stranger or if anyone comes up to you just run away," Kirk said. 

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