CHARLOTTE - Just a few years ago, sheriff's deputy Mike Henderson could bank on a busy Halloween spent tracking down sex offenders and making sure they were home at their listed addresses.
Currently, not only is his Halloween day busy, so are the weeks leading up to it.
"You have to spread it out over a time period to make sure everyone is found," Henderson said.
According to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, there are now 730 registered sex offenders living in the county - compared to an average of about 500 just a few years ago.
- They don't tell you, but these laws only affect those who are on probation or parole, and I'm sure 730 are not all on either. So is he checking on all offenders, even if on probation and/or parole?
That means Deputy Henderson, along with five other deputies assigned to verify sex offender addresses before Halloween, needs more time to go door-to-door. However, there are times when the group cannot find a door to check.
Many offenders are homeless and often drift from shelter to shelter or from one homeless camp to another.
- Any why are they homeless? Well, because of the draconian and unconstitutional residency restrictions, that's why!
When deputies tried to track down [name withheld], a sex offender who has failed to register, the search took them from a soup kitchen to a homeless camp to a gas station - and still, there was no sign of [name withheld].
"It is very time consuming," Henderson said. "You could spend hours on one case and one stop will lead you to another stop and then another stop."
- So stop buying into the hysteria! Not a single person has been sexually molested on Halloween by some known or unknown sex offender. This is all hype over nothing!
Deputy Henderson said the sheriff's office has already verified about two-thirds of sex offender addresses in the county, which means there are still a few hundred addresses that need to be verified before next Monday.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
NC - Halloween hunt for sex offenders time consuming, frustrating for deputies