Despite being a holiday primarily geared for children, Halloween in New York City is very much for adults, with boozy parties and haunted houses that require waivers. But one group of adults were left out of yesterday's fun: sex offenders. And the Daily News reports that the state's Division of Parole made sure that those who are on probation for sex-related crimes stayed indoors.
Dubbed "Operation Candy Cane," the plan called for officers to knock on the doors of Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders to make sure they weren't violating curfew, and "some answered the doors in their pajamas, interrupted while playing video games."
At one Flatbush home, a man who is on parole after pleading guilty to raping his 14-year-old stepdaughter, said, "It's difficult. It basically destroys your life and to get a place or to get a job, it's very hard." One of the parole officers seemed oddly gleeful about catching her charges in the act of violating the terms of their probation. "Sometimes when you're very sweet, they take it for granted. They think, 'I'm going to get one over on her.'" She continued, "I love it when they do that—that's the night I show up at your house and you get in trouble."