Riverside County Mulls Ban On Halloween Lights, Decorations For Sex Offenders

RIVERSIDE (CBS) — The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is set to consider a measure that would prohibit convicted sex offenders from handing out candy or taking part in any other activity that might attract children to their homes on Halloween.

As part of a strategy to enhance protections for children trick-or-treating, Supervisor Jeff Stone is seeking a revision to the county’s anti-loitering law that would impose additional restrictions on registered sex offenders who reside in unincorporated communities.

Under the supervisor’s proposed “time, place and manner” provisions, which would take effect immediately if approved by a majority of board members, any registered sex offender would be prohibit any Halloween decorations on his or her residence between midnight and 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 31; any exterior or ornamental lights turned on between 5 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Halloween; and answering the door to trick-or-treaters.

“Sex offenders pose an immediate threat to children trick-or-treating on Halloween because children often will engage a disproportionate number of complete strangers as part of their door-to-door activities,” an introduction to Stone’s proposal states.

The new provisions would be incorporated into an anti-loitering ordinance approved by the board last year, which makes it a misdemeanor crime for a convicted sex offender to be within 300 feet of a day care center, library, park, playground, public swimming pool, school or anywhere else that provides “classes or group activities for children.” It also prohibits a registrant from residing within 2,000 feet of a school, park or other facility catering to kids.

Violators could be subject to fines of $1,000 or more and face up to six months in jail.

According to Stone, the amended ordinance would replicate measures passed in the cities of San Jacinto and Orange.

Roughly 3,500 sex registrants reside in Riverside County, though many of them live in municipalities not under county jurisdiction.

California law requires anyone convicted of a felony sex offense to register with a local law enforcement agency when moving into an area. The law also requires that registrants alert authorities whenever they change residence, and that they annually renew their registration.

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  1. alex says:

    Yeah you went to jail to pay for your crimes. Yeah you are now a second class citizen without the right to vote or defend yourself. Yeah you can’t get a decent job or live any kind of real life while being terrorized by your neighbors. Yeah you were probably viciously assaulted in jail numerous times. Yeah you probably won’t even get pulled over for speeding without having your probation violated.

    But we have decided to spend millions of dollars in tax payer money to craft and then half ass enforce a law to control every aspect of your life.

    We are your oppressive overlords and our lust for power will never be quenched. And while we can’t yet make you take cyanide tablets, it’s only a matter of time.

    1. disgusted says:

      Gosh I wish there was cyanide pills for all the sex offendars. Why would anybody defend them in any way DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!! I Hope they all go to hell !

  2. brett says:

    What’s wrong poor Alex? Being treated poorly because you’re a registered sex offender?. Put em all to death – perfect solution.

  3. alex says:

    Did they teach you words like registered offender in your commie day care when you were young. Talk is cheap Brett and your keyboard is not listening.

  4. Mikey says:

    Probably a good idea….

    1. brett says:

      How did you get that clip of Alex?

  5. LORENA C. says:

    WHAT ABOUT ALL THE OTHER COUNTIES? ARE THERE NO SEX OFFENDERS IN ORANGE COUNTY, SAN BERNANRDINO COUNTY OR LOS ANGELES? THIS LAW SHOULD BE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. I LIVE IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY AND I HAVE THREE CHILDREN, WHICH I THANK THE LAW MAKERS ARE PROTECTING ME AND MY CHILDREN, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES ARE THEY NOT WORTHY OF PROTECTION?

    PROTECT THEM ALL.

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