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5 L.A. County Sex Offenders Used Halloween Decorations to Appeal to Kids

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Local authorities weren't kidding around when they said they would see to it registered sex offenders out on parole did not use Halloween as an excuse to lure children into their homes for possible illegal activities. The results of a four-day sweep of L.A. County residences of parolees who are sex offenders were revealed Tuesday, according to L.A. Now. Five people were arrested for using Halloween decorations to appeal to children.

What was found at one such home is perhaps more disturbing than the horror flicks that are shown around Halloween time: One of the five was "a probationer who had a trap door in his bedroom leading to a basement where officers found a chair and rope," according to L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

A state-wide effort called Operation Boo was instituted in 1994, and sees to it sex offenders on parole stay inside on Halloween night, and do not fix up the exterior of their homes in a way that might draw children in.