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Sex offenders barred from Halloween activity in two more cities

Halloween
At the request of a Riverside County supervisor, at least two cities acted this week to ban sex offenders from passing out Halloween candy.

The ordinances passed unanimously by the Hemet and Temecula city councils mirror a measure passed by the Riverside County supervisors earlier this month.

They will prohibit registered sex offenders from decorating their houses, turning their outside lights on or opening the door to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

The ban passed by the supervisors applied only to sex offenders living in unincorporated areas of the county.

Supervisor Jeff Stone, the author of the ordinance, sent out a letter to the six cities in his district -- Canyon Lake, Hemet, Menifee, Murrieta, San Jacinto and Temecula -- asking them to pass similar measures.

"This way, we will have uniform protections in place by Halloween 2012 for the entire Third District," he wrote.

Staff at Stone's Riverside office were unsure whether any cities in addition to Temecula and Hemet had passed or were considering similar bans.

Murrieta police, in the past, have sent out a letter to all registered sex offenders advising them to stay home.

The city of San Jacinto, also in Riverside County, already had restrictions in place on sex offenders' Halloween activities.

According to the Megan's Law Web database, Hemet has 242 registered sex offenders and Temecula has 48.

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Photo: File photo of carved Halloween pumpkins. Under newly passed ordinances in Hemet and Temecula, sex offenders are barred from decorating their homes for Halloween or passing out candy. Credit: Nicholas Kamm / AFP / Getty Images

 
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