Sheriff's Office asks parents to track sex offenders for Halloween

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office warns parents about the threat sex offenders pose while kids are out Halloween night.

Officials say a pedophile could be in a neighborhood your child is 'trick or treats.'

Parents are encouraged to check for convicted sex offenders in the area they plan on going by visiting the county's website at www.jeffcosheriff.net. Click the sex offender's home page.

"We want to prevent the children from going to the residence that way we don't have a situation where an offender would have the opportunity to lure a child," said Sgt. J.J. Reach with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Sex Offender Unit.

"People are going to try to prey on your children, Halloween is a great time to do that," said parent Debbi Spradlin. "A lot of kids go out on their own not supervised, we do not do that with our children."

There are six hundred registered sex offenders living in the county, which is why law enforcement officials want to get the word out to parents and make them aware.