Sex offenders who pass out Halloween candy or don costumes could be violating their parole under restrictions the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole is placing on felony offenders, The Tennessean reports. More than 2,000 convicted sex offenders under state supervision are not allowed to take part in haunted houses or Halloween events at all this season. Decorating their houses in a way that would attract trick-or-treaters or getting dressed up also could constitute parole violations.
The rules apply to registered sex offenders regardless of whether their sex conviction involved children. All sex offenders released from prison and placed under state supervision must sign a 12-point agreement that includes having no contact with their victims, not befriending anyone with children under 18, working only for approved businesses, and attending regular treatment. The extra guidelines for a holiday that attracts children are logical and constitutional, said Nashville defense attorney David Raybin. “If you could put monitors on people and restrict their movement within 1,000 feet of a school, certainly you can prohibit them from taking part in Halloween activities where there are going to be young people by definition.”