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Crystal Lake Police Conduct Registered Sex Offender Checks for Halloween

Police routinely conduct these "knock and talks" throughout the year to make sure registered offenders are living where they say they are.

 

This Halloween, the Crystal Lake Police Department’s Targeted Response Unit will be conducting 'sex offender' and 'violent offender against youth' address verification compliance checks on all registered offenders residing within the City of Crystal Lake.

Crystal Lake Police conduct these "knock & talks" periodically throughout the year to confirm offenders are actually residing at their registered addresses, according to a press release issued by Cmmdr. Derek Hyrkas.

Under current state law, registered child sex offenders are prohibited from distributing candy, or other items to anyone under the age of 18 years old.

Crystal Lake currently has 21 offenders required to register under Illinois State Law, 19 of which are listed on the public adult Sex Offender/Violent Offender Against Youth registry, Hyrkas said.

Juvenile offenders are not listed. The Crystal Lake Police Department recognizes the importance of Illinois’ sex offender registration laws, and is making every effort to ensure compliance with all aspects of the legislation.

Last year, Crystal Lake Police Chief David Linder announced the implementation of OffenderWatch to manage registered sex offenders in the community. OffenderWatch enables Illinois law enforcement agencies to collaborate and share information with law enforcement partners statewide, Hyrkas said.

This collaboration provides law enforcement agencies information concerning sex offender movements, history and activities anywhere in the county, state or country.

This is a great resource for parents to identify houses they may wish for their children to avoid while trick-or-treating.

Citizens may access the Crystal Lake Police Department OffenderWatch Community Web Page 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the Crystal Lake Police Department’s website, or access the Illinois State Police website

Crystal Lake Police will continue to randomly check sex offenders who reside in the city to ensure they are in compliance with all requirements under state law, Hyrkas said.

The Crystal Lake Police Department’s Targeted Response Unit supervisor, Sgt. Ron Joseph, can be reached at 815-356-3768 regarding registered sex offenders and non-compliance information. 

ltm October 31, 2012 at 07:59 AM
All Halloween related restrictions placed on registered Sex Offenders (RSO's) or Prior Offenders (PO’s) are unconscionable, illegal, unfair and assuredly unconstitutional. In restricting freedom of movement, posting signs that target the PO’s and family members and by not allowing their family to participate in the holiday is showing lack of judgement, fairness and any sort of compassion for these American citizens. Therefore, the PO is denied his/her and families their FREEDOM guaranteed by our Constitution; and all rights to “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness declared in our Constitution and our Declaration of Independence. There are no records to support crimes committed against children on Halloween and therefore no basis for Halloween Laws restricting anyone from the celebrated Halloween celebration. What's wrong with this picture? I call it sex offender phobia (A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or phobic disorder). I challenge any Attorney General of any state or our Federal Government to produce evidence supporting and justify these laws and can only wonder why these legislators, mayors, attorney generals and law enforcement aren’t confined themselves for breaking the law.. I say put up or shut up!
Stephanie Price (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Totally disagree. Children are the most innocent members of our society, and too become victims in gruesome, unthinkable crimes. We need to watch out for them...and parents have a right to know where sex offenders live. This OffenderWatch resource is awesome!
Cg October 31, 2012 at 04:13 PM
If the registered offender didn't do the crime they wouldn't have to worry about the restrictions put into place to protect the public. In cases of offenders with children at their home, well the ripple of your choices suck but once again you made choices that have destroyed a child/children and their ultimate potential so I only have empathy for those innocent kids suffering from your choices... Life is made if choices make good ones. Parents and members of the community need to be informed to better protect all children and I am grateful for this program and the IL state website sex offender list. Knowledge is power!
ltm October 31, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Did I write anything about parents not having a right to know where sex offenders live?
ltm October 31, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I made no comment about the IL state website.
Shana Rowan October 31, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rate of all criminals except murderers, according to dozens of university, federal and state studies. Not all sex offenders have victimized children, and over 1/3 of sex crimes perpetrated against children are committed by other children. 95% of kids are abused by family or friends who aren't on the registry. Dr. Jill Levenson’s 2009 study, “How Safe are Trick-or-Treaters: Child Sex Crime Rates on Halloween?” found that non-familial child sexual abuse accounted for less than .2% on Halloween. Why is law enforcement spreading such glaring myths, and why is the media latching on??
Shana Rowan October 31, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rate of all criminals except murderers, according to dozens of university, federal and state studies. Not all sex offenders have victimized children, and over 1/3 of sex crimes perpetrated against children are committed by other children. 95% of kids are abused by family or friends who aren't on the registry. Dr. Jill Levenson’s 2009 study, “How Safe are Trick-or-Treaters: Child Sex Crime Rates on Halloween?” found that non-familial child sexual abuse accounted for less than .2% on Halloween. Why is law enforcement spreading such glaring myths, and why is the media latching on??
Stephanie Price (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Regardless of your statistics, most parents would never knowingly send their children to the front door of convicted sex offender just to trick-or-treat. It's not worth the risk - no matter how slight you may think it is.
Arlene November 01, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Wow, it is time to close our doors. People acted like nothing happening in here.
ltm November 01, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Yep, let's close our doors until Thanksgiving? Christmas? St. Patricks Day? Easter? etc! Now for the next 364 days of the year Registered Sex Offenders can run wild grabbing kids and dragging them off kicking and screaming. After all, the cops did their thing today and you should all be safe until next Halloween!
Bgk November 01, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Halloween is the only day in which children are outside going door to door, that is why they choose this time of year for one of their "checks". When you commit a crime against someone, some of your rights are taken deal with it. Maybe thy should have thought about that prior to breaking the law
ltm November 01, 2012 at 02:53 AM
There has never been a crime committed against a child on Halloween by a registered sex offender that is known or documented. I am not at all concerned about the choice of timing. What I am concerned about is documented above.as the first comment. Please read my comment. It is about the misuse of the law not Halloween. Deal with it!
Shana Rowan November 02, 2012 at 07:54 PM
They aren't "my" statistics. They have been carefully researched and calculated by university professors with PhDs and the federal/state governments that have actual re-arrest/re-conviction information. It seems bizarre that someone claiming to care so much about kids would flippantly disregard information that might help them identify much more likely threats. You are merely buying into the hype. Your kids will suffer for it.
Jay November 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM
The law is the law. If you don't like it, vote against it... If you can. See, the only people getting riled up about this are the ones who can't invite the kiddies in for some "candy"

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