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DOC explains rules for sex offenders on Halloween Submitted: 10/30/2018
Story By Erin Beu

DOC explains rules for sex offenders on Halloween
RHINELANDER - Halloween night, little goblins, ghouls, and ghosts will hit the streets eagerly ready to fill their trick-or-treating bags.

But kids could be walking up to sex offenders' doors.

In some cities and towns, there are no ordinances keeping certain types of sex offenders from participating in Halloween.

Wisconsin's Department of Corrections Field Supervisor LeeAnn Raab said the DOC restricts sex offenders that are under supervision from participating in any type of Halloween events.

But for offenders who are no longer under supervision, the DOC can't tell them what to do.

 "The Department of Corrections only has authority of those who are still on active community supervision. So, we can no longer tell the people no longer on supervision whether or not they can participate," said Raab.

Some places like Rhinelander don't have ordinances against those offenders which means they can legally participate in any Halloween activities.

Rheinlander's Mayor Chris Frederickson said, "The city is no longer naïve," and the city plans to create an ordinance in the future.


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