Parker County "Locks-In" Sex Offenders on Halloween

Registered sex offenders who skip lock-in face parole violation

By Jeff Smith
|  Thursday, Oct 31, 2013  |  Updated 12:13 PM CDT
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Mike Stack, director of the Parker County Adult Probation Department talks about the county's 9th Annual Sex Offender Lock-In on Halloween.

Mark Hayes, NBC 5 News

Mike Stack, director of the Parker County Adult Probation Department talks about the county's 9th Annual Sex Offender Lock-In on Halloween.

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Parker County "Locks In" Sex Offenders on Halloween

Parker County requires registered sex offenders in the county to attend a mandatory counseling session while children are outside trick-or-treating.
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Hundreds of registered sex offenders in one North Texas community will be forced to leave their homes Halloween night to attend a mandatory counseling session.

For nine years now, Parker County has required all registered sex offenders who live in the county to attend the "Halloween Lock-In" counseling session on Halloween night. If they skip the session, they could be found in violation of their parole.

The sex offenders must meet at a secret location -- known only to them -- for a check-in and counseling session. The event will be from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., when trick-or-treaters are most active.

There are 279 registered sex offenders in Parker County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety registry.

Probation officers said the event gets positive reviews from parents and even some sex offenders.

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