While kids were out collecting treats Wednesday night, Adult Probation officers were going door to door to check on registered sex offenders, making sure they weren't breaking the law.
It is something the Adult Probation Department has been doing for the past week leading up to Halloween, a night in which they focused on the high-risk sex offenders.
A little more than 500 registered sex offenders live in Nueces County, and all of them are advised not to display Halloween decorations or set out candy. They are told to leave their lights off and not do anything that could lure children to their front door.
Most offenders were following the rules.
"They know we're going to visit every Halloween," said Adan Zamora, Nueces County Adult Probation officer. "They know they're being watched. They're compliant. The community is safe. Everyone is safe."
About 40 high-risk offenders were required to report to an undisclosed location at 6 p.m. Wednesday night.
A man who lived at one of their stops was convicted of sexual assault of a child and was on that high-risk list, but never showed up, so officers paid him a visit. There were not any Halloween decorations outside the house, but they did find a swing set sitting in the front yard.
No one answered when officers knocked on the door of that house, but it was documented and will be followed up on.
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