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NC laws governing sex offender activity on Halloween unclear

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

North Carolina's legal code does not say much when it comes to sex offenders and what they can or cannot do on Halloween.  

The law requires convicted sex offenders register as such whenever they move.  Laws also forbid them from living near or entering schools, daycares, playgrounds and other areas where children are often present. 

However, the law says little about whether they can hand out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

Some parents, trick-or-treating with their children in Raleigh's Five Points neighborhood, found that surprising.

"If they're not allowed to live around schools then why would they be allowed to hand out candy to kids?" Tracy Judd asked.

Other states do have laws governing sex offender behavior on Oct. 31.  For instance, in Missouri, registered sex offenders are required to stay inside the house on Halloween between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.  They also have to post a sign that says "No candy or treats at this residence" and make sure the lights are all completely shut off.

Read more about North Carolina's sex offender laws at UNC's School of Government blog.

Derick Waller

Derick is a reporter for WNCN covering crime, education, politics and just about everything in between. He has a knack for adapting to any story and consistently delivers information quickly across multiple platforms. More>>

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