Taylor County to roundup sex offenders on Halloween

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Trick-or-treaters are taking to the streets Tuesday night, and while they're enjoying their sweet-treats and scares, another population of the Key City will gather to receive counseling on All-Hallow's Eve.

Lights Out is a sex-offender roundup program the Taylor County Probation Office has been doing for years. All registered sex offenders onh probation in Taylor County are required to meet at the courthouse from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Halloween night, and those who work during that time are required to have a probation officer with them.

Officials say attendance has been 100% each and every year they've head the meeting. Lights Out originated as a program that ensured the offenders kept their lights off and didn't hand out candy, but it eventually escalated into this yearly meeting where the sex offenders receive counseling from a sexual assault expert instead of staying at home for the evening.

There are 440 registered sex offenders in Taylor County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

Many of these offenders live within Abilene City Limits. 

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