By Brittany Kershaw
FCSO Public Affairs Manager
Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with Probation and Parole Services, are making visits to the homes of all registered sex offenders from Oct. 29 to Oct. 31 to verify registered addresses and to ensure that those with provisions related to the holiday are following all rules and restrictions.
Of the 131 registered sexual offenders living in Flagler County, there are 28 that have specific sanctions stating they cannot hand out candy, decorate for the holiday or leave their porch light on during Halloween. These limitations are designed to protect children from potential threats from sexual offenders or predators.
Deputies and probation officers will visit the homes of all 28 offenders with these sanctions on Halloween day to conduct a walkthrough of their residence and instruct them to not decorate their homes for Halloween, distribute candy, or otherwise participate in
Halloween. These offenders must be in their home by 4:30 p.m. on Halloween day and remain inside for the rest of the night.
The operation will be managed by FCSO’s new sexual offender and predator detective. This new position was funded by a $150,000 grant awarded to FCSO by the Department of Justice for the SMART FY 2019 in support of the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program. This grant will be used to fund the dedicated sexual offender and predator detective to ensure compliance of offenders.
“There are strict rules for sex offenders in order to make sure our children stay safe from them. Having a dedicated detective to oversee these offenders will send a strong message that we expect compliance and will allow us to more easily spot violations,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Halloween is a fun holiday for children and families and we want to make it as safe as possible.”
In addition to visiting the 28 offenders with specific Halloween provisions, deputies are visiting all registered sexual offenders in the county as part of an address verification operation by the Florida Sheriff’s Association Task Force titled “Operation Hallowed Streets.” Deputies will take appropriate action on any offenders not in compliance.
Below is a list of the 28 offenders that will be visited on Halloween day including their photographs, names, and addresses. The Sheriff’s Office urges you to avoid these addresses. You may also visit the Florida and National Sex Offender Database at http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/Search.jsp to check for sexual offenders that may be living near you or in neighborhoods that you plan to visit.