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Halloween decorations lead to arrest of sex offenders

November 29, 2011 |  2:55 pm

A four-day sweep of sex offenders' homes in L.A. County led to the arrests of five probationers for allegedly decorating their homes for Halloween and making them inviting to children, officials said Tuesday.

Three of the five were taken into custody.

One was "a probationer who had a trap door in his bedroom leading to a basement where officers found a chair and rope," L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said at Tuesday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

The county Probation Department also arrested a married couple, "both on probation for molesting their own children, who had their home fully decorated for Halloween and were in possession of drugs and child pornography," Antonovich said.

Sex offenders under probation are supposed to keep their front porch lights off and blinds and curtains drawn on Halloween, Antonovich said.

The Probation Department said a team of 40 probation officers searched 251 residences. Another 122 probationers were in compliance with their probation terms.


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--- Rong-Gong Lin II at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration.

Photo: In L.A. County, convicted sex offenders are not allowed to decorate homes for Halloween. Credit: Associated Press