MILWAUKEE -- Eight sex offenders were arrested for violating the rules of their parole during trick-or-treat hours on Sunday, Oct. 28. Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections said violations of parole ranged from having Halloween decorations up to having alcohol in their homes.
"We need to make sure they are complying with the rules of supervision," said Chad Schepp, probation/parole agent with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
Sex offenders in Wisconsin are not allowed to pass out candy, be in costume or have Halloween decorations outside their residence. On Sunday, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections partnered with multiple law enforcement agencies for the trick-or-treat operation.
"They're supposed to stay indoors from one hour before to one hour after trick-or-treat time," said Schepp.
This is to ensure the safety of kids. For the most part, interactions were positive.
"Personally, I like to interact with the person one-on-one and make them feel comfortable. It's already an awkward situation where they have to have certain restrictions," Schepp said.
Despite being warned, agents on the operation flagged a number of violations.
"There were some for the violations of Halloween contract which would have been candy and decorations. there were also some violations for possessing contraband that they should not have such as cell phones or computers or other items that they were prohibited from having," said Thomas Salter, DOC.
"We just want to make sure the children have a safe Halloween experience," Schepp said.
The operation lasted from noon to 4 p.m.
DOC officials said agents would follow up if an offender had a violation or wasn't home at the time they were supposed to be.
In 2017, officials conducted more than 2,000 home visits and took 30 sex offenders into custody for alleged violations statewide. This year's numbers were still being finalized on Monday, Oct. 29.
Below are stats from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office regarding home checks and arrests in previous years:
Year Number of checks Number of arrests
2010 162 12 arrests, six arrest warrants issued
2011 221 16 arrests, one arrest warrant issued
2012 209 15 arrests
2013 200 19 arrests and two Top Ten list arrests
2014 219 Five arrests
2015 174 Eight arrests
2016 220 Nine arrests