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Sex offender risks on Halloween

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Amarillo, Texas - As children take to the streets trick or treating, parents should be aware of potential dangers.

But, experts are saying some of those might not be more of a threat on Halloween than any other night.

Texas laws prevent convicted sex offenders from participating in Halloween festivities, and some cities tack on additional restrictions.  But experts at Lynn University say there is no evidence to suggest sex offenders attack children more on Oct. 31 than any other day, and the restrictive laws amount to nothing more than a scare tactic.

Experts say the greatest risk to trick-or-treaters is getting hit by a car.

Researchers determined that there was no change in sexual assaults during Halloween, or even in the weeks that followed, in comparison to the rest of the year.

Law enforcement is saying it isn't because of a change in the offenders themselves, but because of increased supervision and awareness by parents. Regardless of the risk level though, officials say it's important to know where offenders live.

You can find registered sex offenders in your area by going to https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/sexoffender/

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