Halloween is almost here and our children are going to be walking through their neighborhoods, talking to neighbors and strangers, knocking on doors, and collecting treats. Do you really know who is living in your neighborhood?
Montgomery County has 336 registered sex offenders listed on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry, most of whom are classified as sexual predators. Each offender’s photo is shown, along with an address, employer, what crime they were convicted of and other information.
You can easily search the state website by your address or your county to find sex offenders living or working near you and your family. You also can provide law enforcement with tips to help find offenders, be notified of registrants’ movements, and explore resources that will help you to prevent and get treatment for sexual abuse.
Maryland has no residency restrictions — such as laws that ban sex offenders from living within a certain distance of a school or child-care center — because the state has concluded that those limits have been ineffective in other states. The victims and the offenders, in most cases of abuse, know each other. Having ready access to victims, in private and secretive environments, is how sex offenders thrive, officials say.
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