In Marshall County, there are approximately 230 registered sex offenders, and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) wants the community to know where they reside, so they can choose to avoid those houses when trick-or-treating.

“We do the best we can in making sure sex offenders live where they tell us, so it is crucial that our citizens visit our website to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,” Sheriff Phil Sims said. “Citizens are encouraged to check any addresses where they or their family spend time. The mapping and address feature found on the website pinpoints exactly where an offender lives.”

Sims said community members would also find many other beneficial tools online, such as the ability to sign up for free, automated email notifications informing if an offender moves into their neighborhood or around another address.

“If you aren’t planning on trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, but will be in a family or friend’s neighborhood, register their address beforehand, so you know which houses to avoid,” Sims said.

Sims said the alerts are in real-time and sent out via email as soon as a new offender has registered with the MCSO.

Search for sex offenders and sign up for email alerts on the MCSO website at marshallso.org. Click “Offender Watch” at the top of the webpage.

Sims encourages everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween. He said knowledge is power and knowing where registered sex offenders reside can help citizens make safer decisions when trick-or-treating.

For more information, call the MCSO at 256-582-2034.

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Sandy Rozek - NARSOL

Dear Sheriff Sims: NARSOL appreciates your goal of keeping children safe. For Halloween, you will accomplish that goal if you focus on things that are actually risks to children, and persons on sexual offense registries are not among those. Everyone by now knows this, so I won't take space explaining it. I will link a statement just put out that explains very simply why your efforts are misdirection and harmful to children if they encourage parents to ignore the actual risks. https://blog.atsa.com/…/halloween-and-sexual-abuse-preventi…

I am also linking the notice to our annual Halloween Marathon and "cop-watch" program. https://narsol.org/…/2019-narsol-halloween-marathon-and-co…/ Please contact NARSOL if you have questions or concerns.

Sandy Rozek - NARSOL

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