Operation Trick-or-Treat keeps kids safe from sex offenders

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Updated: 10/30/2012 4:45 pm
WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Nevada Child Seekers partners with local law enforcement agencies for the sixth year to conduct a three day operation to arrest sex offender fugitives and ensure compliance with sex offender registration requirements.

This annual joint operation, a partnership of 33 officers from 14 city, county, state and federal agencies, is being conducted from October 29 through October 31 and its goal is to arrest as many sex offender fugitives as possible and to conduct compliance checks on sex offenders suspected of being out of registration compliance.

The local law enforcement agencies participating in this operation will follow up and initiate investigations towards the goal of prosecuting the local non-compliant sex offenders, and the U.S. Marshals Service will initiate federal investigations towards the goal of prosecuting the non-compliant sex offenders who have crossed state lines.

The Operation Trick-or-Treat Task Force partners and Nevada Child Seekers want sex offenders to know that law enforcement will be out in force during the week of Halloween to protect the children of Nevada. They also want parents to know there are several ways to keep their children safe on Halloween. Law enforcement is on their side, but they can also follow a few of these tips:
•Don’t allow children to go trick-or-treating alone in neighborhoods;
•Children should never go into homes without permission of their parents, remember the “Always Ask First” rule; and
•Teach children to “Shout Out Loud” and scream if someone tries to trick them with special treats or tries to grab them.

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ralexan - 11/6/2012 2:46 PM
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REALLY???????????? Sex offenders prey on the weakest in our society. For every 1 victim that comes forward there are 7-8 that will never report the crime. This is the reason why many are not on the registry. Because the crime was never reported and no one was convicted. Sexual assaults are the gift that keep on giving. The victims have to live with the crime for the rest of their lives and in some instances become victimizers. Although this operation occurs over Halloween, the police are executing outstanding arrest warrants and ensuring the compliance of "high risk" predatory offenders. Law enforcement does not care if the victim was abused by a stranger, priest, or family member all are treated the same. It doesn't matter if the victim was a child or adult. Are you advocating that police do not arrest individuals wanted on outstanding felony arrest warrants? Should the police ignore the fact that laws are in place requiring registration? Should the police do nothing to ensure compliance with the law? Shame on the police for enforcing the laws passed by the representative of the people and trying to ensure the safety of our children and others. What are they thinking? And to let people believe that someone who has raped (or worse) children or anyone else, is a risk to others in society.............what are they thinking? Since you like studies, here is one for you: "The Butner Study." This looked at individuals who were convicted of the possession of child pornography. They would often use the defense that is was just a "fantasy" and they would never sexually abuse anyone. Well........when they were not facing conviction or sentencing, the majority inmates (who were polygraphed) admitted to having victimized multiple children prior to their arrest for child porn possession. Plain and simple........These "sick" predators are a constant rick to our children and others in society.

ShanaRowan - 10/31/2012 8:31 AM
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Sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rate of all criminals except murderers, according to dozens of university, federal and state studies. Not all sex offenders have victimized children, and over 1/3 of sex crimes perpetrated against children are committed by other children. 95% of kids are abused by family or friends who aren't on the registry. Dr. Jill Levenson’s 2009 study, “How Safe are Trick-or-Treaters: Child Sex Crime Rates on Halloween?” found that non-familial child sexual abuse accounted for less than .2% on Halloween. Why is law enforcement spreading such glaring myths, and why is the media latching on??
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