Operation Halloween

There are many things parents should be wary of while trick-or-treating with their children on Halloween night, but wondering where registered sex offenders are won't be one of them.

The Marion Superior Court Probation Department’s Operation Halloween meeting will take place from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Oct. 31, 2018.

Entering its 15th year, “Operation Halloween” requires all sex offenders under probation supervision orders by Marion County who have no-contact orders with children to attend the mandatory meeting during official trick-or-treat hours, according to Tuesday press release from Emily A. VanOsdol, court administrator for the Marion Superior Court.

Due to security concerns, the Probation Department is requesting the location is not publicized before or during the meeting.

In 2017, 134 sex offenders under supervision with Marion Superior Court Probation Department, Marion County Community Corrections and U.S. Federal Probation attended the meeting.

This year’s event includes partnerships with these same agencies, IMPD and the and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

“Operation Halloween” is for convicted adult sex offenders who have no-contact orders with children; juvenile offenders are not required to attend.

There are approximately 160 offenders expected to attend the event who have active no-contact orders with children.

Any Marion County supervised probationer excused from the meeting has provided verification (which has been confirmed) for purpose of absence (employment, medical issues, etc.)

Teams of Probation Officers will be dispatched to locate any probationers who fail to attend as expected or to confirm those who have been excused from the meeting.

The agenda will consist of general information concerning services available for offenders with criminal histories, housing and employment assistance, law enforcement registration information and updates, and insurance options.

 

Rob Burgess, News Editor at NUVO Newsweekly, can be reached by email at rburgess@nuvo.net, by phone at 317-808-4614 or on Twitter @robaburg.

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