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Crime & Courts

DuPage County Sheriff's Office to conduct Halloween sex offender compliance checks

The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office SPEAR (Sexual Predator Enforcement and Registration) Unit will conduct its annual sex offender compliance checks to ensure the safety of children during Halloween festivities, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Illinois law prohibits child sex offenders from participating in holiday events involving children younger than 18 years old, including but not limited to distributing candy or other items to children on Halloween, the release stated.

Residents can visit the Sheriff’s Office website at shawurl.com/36cz to check their neighborhood for child sex offenders. Simply input an address, and a map will appear if there are child sex offenders in the area. Residents can register their email address to receive automated email alerts should a sex offender move into their neighborhood, according to the release.

The SPEAR Unit, which was created in 2005, is a multi-jurisdictional countywide team coordinated by the Sheriff's Office to take a proactive approach to ensure known sexual offenders comply with the requirements of the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act.

The SPEAR Unit has 20 law enforcement agencies participating in this year’s compliance checks with 250 offenders identified for residential checks today.

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