The Clarke County Sheriff's Office conducted 142 residence verifications of registered sex offenders in the Athens area during Operation Watchful Eye III, according to sheriff's Capt. Hayden Hodges.
The signs read "Warning!"
Long cited state law 41-1-12-i (5), saying the sheriff shall inform the public of the presence of sexual offenders in each community.
This is something law enforcement does every year on Halloween and while trick-or-treaters are out.
And one critic highlighted that people can be put on the sex offenders' register in Georgia for an offense as minor as peeing in public. Long says 2,500 to 4,000 children attended the event each year.
Around Halloween, many parents are wondering if their kids are safe going door-to-door trick-or-treating. "We as adults use signs to tell us where to go and not go".
Patrols will be looking in on high-risk offenders to make sure they're following the restrictions placed on them. "There's such a gray area of, this one did this and this one did that, but yet they happen to be treated all the same".
"Halloween is a fun holiday for children and families and we want to make it as safe as possible", Sheriff Rick Staly said in a release. "So some of the factors that individuals would be looking at. they're not in play".
Locally, convicted sex offenders arrested for not complying with registry requirements were identified as Marvin Eugene Holder and Tommy Lee Watkins Jr., Hodges said.