|Rutherford County Sheriff’s detectives and deputies will join state parole officers Halloween night to ensure violent sex offenders and those with GPS tracking devices aren’t celebrating Halloween, said Detective Sgt. Mickey McCullough of the sheriff’s Family Crimes Unit.
The officers checked about 144 sex offenders’ homes last year to make sure the offenders were not participating in Halloween activities prohibited by probation or parole.
Eight state parole officers, seven uniformed deputies and two detectives will drive by the homes of all violent sex offenders in Rutherford County, Murfreesboro, Smyrna and La Vergne.
“We’re making sure they don’t have Halloween ornaments in their yard, their front porch lights aren’t on, they are inside their homes and they can’t be dressed in Halloween costumes,” McCullough said. “No children can be in their homes unless it’s their own biological children whom they haven’t molested.”
Sheriff Robert Arnold said parole officers and sheriff’s deputies conduct the Halloween checks annually.