SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Sheriff's Office deputies will be busy Tuesday night checking in on registered sex offenders across the county.
There are more than 560 sex offenders living in the county and those on probation or parole will be required to check in at the Department of Public Safety office on Halloween.
Deputy John Kjendalen is one of two sex offender registration officers. He works 40 hours a week going to neighborhoods to randomly drop in on offenders or having them drop by his office.
He can see anywhere from six to 18 a day.
On Tuesday evening, he and an extra team of three or four deputies will hit the streets and go from door-to-door.
“We go out to knock on doors to verity the residence of where our offenders are registered to be living,” he said, noting that the checks will be random.
They will do as many checks as they can.
State guidelines do not prohibit sex offenders who are not on probation or parole from decorating their homes or even handing out candy.
That’s why Kjendalen urges parents to do their homework and check the neighborhoods in which their kids will be trick-or-treating.
“There are areas where there are a lot. Some areas there are a few. They're spread out all over the county, everywhere,” he explained.
The state website allows people to check for sex offenders by address and by ZIP code.