A Georgia sheriff’s office says it has placed “no trick-or-treat” signs outside the homes of registered sex offenders ahead of Halloween for the safety of the community’s children.

The move was announced in a Facebook post on Saturday by the Butts County Sheriff’s Office. The announcement notes that Georgia law says sheriffs “shall inform the public of the presence of sexual offenders in each community.”

There are more than 50 sex offenders in Butts County, according to Sheriff Gary Long.

“There are some sex offenders that are not happy,” Long said. “But I’m not in the business of making them happy. I’m in the business of keeping safe communities and making sure that our children are protected.”

Long said he is especially concerned for the safety of children this year as he expects an unusually high number of trick-or-treaters, due to the absence of a popular Halloween event which was held in previous years.


By Regina Freitas