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Could sex offenders be prevented from celebrating Halloween?

Scott Seitz2 • Oct 27, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Could Norwalk city council members ever consider adopting legislation that would prevents registered sex offenders from celebrating Halloween?

That's just what the village of Orwell, which is located east of Cleveland, recently did.

According to that village's ordinance, "Sex offenders are required to leave all exterior residential, decorative and ornamental lighting off during the evening hours, beginning at 4 p.m. until midnight; refrain from decorating his or her front yard and exterior of the residence with Halloween decorations; and refrain from answering the door to children who are trick-or-treating." If the ordinance is violated, the person will be charged with a misdemeanor.

Norwalk council members and the city law director discussed their feelings about such a law for a story published in the Reflector last week.

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