MARION COUNTY, Ind. - Marion County sex offenders will be preoccupied Friday evening while many young children go trick-or-treating.
Offenders on probation or parole will attend a mandatory training session at the Police Training Academy.
Authorities performed compliance checks earlier Friday morning. Deputy Brandon Kidwell went to the home of 32-year-old Antoine Richmond, a convicted sex offender.
Richmond is required to report to the Police Training Academy during trick-or-treating hours.
Kidwell keeps tabs on Richmond so parents will feel comfortable when they take their kids trick-or-treating.
Angelica Montanez lives across the street.
"I took off work to take my 3-year-old trick-or-treating. That was actually one of my concerns right across the street, a sex offender. I had no idea about this, I think this is great," Montanez said.
Richmond was in compliance, but officials with the sheriff's department said there are many resources available to help parents keep their children safe.
"I encourage parents to go to the website and look at the information as any citizen of the county or state can do to see where an offender resides prior to going out this evening with their children," Major Michael Hubbs with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department said.
A 2010 federal grant pays for the Halloween roundup. Many are confident the program will be repeated next year.
Probationers and parolees had to report to the training academy by 6 p.m. and remain there until 9 p.m.
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