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 October 20th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces training for parents about keeping their children safe from sex offenders in residential neighborhoods
 
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces training for parents about keeping their children safe from sex offenders in residential neighborhoods

St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara wants parents to know how to protect their children from unwanted contact with sex offenders in residential neighborhoods.

"To give parents the tools they need, the Sheriff's Office is offering a free, half-hour training session for parents on Thursday, Oct. 28," Sheriff Mascara said. "Parents can come any time starting at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. We will be offering the training every half hour during that time."

The training will take place at St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office headquarters, at 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce. Here is a link to a locator map:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp=&source=s_q&amp=&hl=en&amp=&geocode=&amp=&q=4700 W Midway Rd, ort Pierce, FL 34981&amp=&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&amp=&sspn=30.599615,55.283203&amp=&ie=UTF8&amp=&ll=27.376093,-80.373015&amp=&spn=0.008365,0.013497&amp=&z=16&amp=&iwloc=A

The Sheriff said, "We are offering this training to parents just before Halloween because new changes to the sex offender law make it illegal for sex offenders and sexual predators on parole or otherwise under the supervision of state probations and parole officials to display Halloween decorations at their homes, hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, or wear any Halloween costume."

The intent of the law, Sheriff Mascara said, is to prohibit actions of sex offenders or predators on probation from enticing children during Halloween.

Of St. Lucie County's 375 sex offenders and predators, the new law changes apply to 95 who are on parole or otherwise under supervision by the state's probations and parole system. Officials of that system have notified all 95 of the new regulations applicable to them.

"We will teach parents how to go online to find out if sex offenders or predators live nearby, and if so, how to obtain information about them," said Sheriff Mascara.

People can report sex offenders or predators who break the law by calling Sheriff's Office detectives  at 772-462-3793, or sending e-mail messages to sexoffender@stluciesheriff.com.

"People who send us e-mail messages to that address do not have to give their names to report law violations," Sheriff Mascara said.

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