Rapists Complain Sheriff Is Embarrassing Them By Putting Signs In Their Yards

Butts County Sheriff Gary Long placed a warning sign in the yard of every sex offender in the community for Halloween.

Butts County, GA – The sheriff of Butts County has gone an extra step to make sure the children of his community are safe this Halloween by posting warning signs in the yards of local sex offenders.

However, local rapists are calling the signs an "embarassment" according to CBS News.

Butts County Sheriff Gary Long’s office posted an announcement on the sheriff department’s official Facebook page that said deputies have posted signs at the homes of all of Butts County's registered sex offenders.

“As Sheriff, there is nothing more important to me than the safety of your children,” Sheriff Long began his missive.

“This Halloween, my office has placed signs in front of every registered sex offender's house to notify the public that it's a house to avoid. Georgia law forbids registered sex offenders from participating in Halloween, to include decorations on their property,” the sheriff continued.

Then he explained why he was taking the rather extreme step of posting signage this year.

“With the Halloween on the square not taking place this year, I fully expect the neighborhoods to be very active with children trick-or-treating. Make sure to avoid houses which are marked with the [signs] in front of their residents [sic],” he warned.

Georgia Law makes it the responsibility of the local sheriff to “inform the public of the presence of sexual offenders in each community, WOWK reported.

The Facebook post said the signs had been place in accordance with Georgia Law.

The sheriff said that some of the sex offenders e-mailed to say that the signs were an embarrassment, but he doesn't care.

"At the end of the day, I don't care if they do like it or if they don't like it," Sheriff Long told CBS News.

Sheriff Long told WOWK that the warning signs would be removed from the sex offenders’ yards by Thursday morning.

In another Georgia town, the mayor announced he was going to round up all the sex offenders and hold them in City Hall for the three hours of trick-or-treating.

Grovetown Mayor Gary Jones faced immediate backlash, even though requiring sex offenders to report in at a specific place and time is perfectly legal, the Augusta Chronicle reported.

The mayor announced Tuesday that they would not hold the sex offenders in City Hall, after all. But a city councilman explained they would all be required to report in at an official location during trick-or-treating hours.

“While some may not agree with it, this reporting is perfectly legal and is administered as part of the conditions of the offender’s supervision (such as parole or probation),” Grovetown City Councilman Eric Blair wrote in an email on Monday, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Other law enforcement agencies across the country are taking extra steps this Halloween to keep children away from potential predators.

In New York, the East Hampton Town Police were running an operation all day and night on Oct. 31 that included intensive monitoring of sex offenders in that community, the East Hampton Patch reported.

Police said several detectives would be conducting intensified supervision of registered sex offenders, visiting sex offenders’ homes, and doing random surveillance to make sure everybody was following state and local law.

The East Hampton Patch posted a “2018 Halloween Sex Offender Safety Map” on their website that identified the residences of all the registered sex offenders in the East Hampton and Montauk communities.

Additionally, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has a policy designed to protect children during trick-or-treating called “Operation Halloween.”

Sex offenders in New York are required to remain inside at home on Halloween. They may not have Halloween candy in their possession, nor open their doors to trick-or-treaters.

They are also prohibited from wearing Halloween costumes, according to the website.

Parole officers across the state practice a zero-tolerance policy on Halloween, and conduct face-to-face home visits to make sure the sex offenders are where they are supposed to be.

Comments (39)
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JBo
JBo

Cool! "Embarrassment" is being so callus and broken that you were convicted of a sex crime in the first place.

Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

Don't want a sign in your yard? Then don't offend

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Love it!

TeneteLineam
TeneteLineam

So the rapists, child molestors, gropers and perverts are upset about the signs? Aw man, anyone seen my tiny violin?

LEO0301
LEO0301

How anyone could be upset with the Mayor trying to protect children from convicted sex offenders is a mystery. I would guess that most of those people voted for Hillary Clinton.

Trefflek
Trefflek

Outstanding!!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Notice the only ones being butt hurt are the offenders ?? EXCELLENT work !!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Just as an FYI.....I'm a parent of 7 and grandparent of 14 so far. I also believe that any sexual predator, of adults or minors, deserves a LOT worse punishment than just this .....A LOT worse !

Skidoo
Skidoo

This is a reminder for those who feel offended by those signs: "It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones." Luke 17:2

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Sounds like the registrees have a good claim for trespass unless there is some provision of Georgia law not mentioned in this article. The police are obviously playing on the enflamed emotions of the public, and hoping to win this that way rather than by actually following the law. That strategy might just work in Georgia, where the law doesn't always work too good when the Georgia public gets riled up.

JoJoB
JoJoB

So, committing a sex offense isn't embarrassing, but making sure future potential vicitms know is?

Patriotdave
Patriotdave

That's my hometown! Butts County supports Sheriff Long on this. He has been very proactive on crime since being elected. The sex offenders can cry all they want, but they have no right to complain.

Patriotdave
Patriotdave

You are an idiot. If you are so anti-police what are you even doing here on this site. I am a citizen of the county where this was done. Everyone but the sex offenders supported Sheriff Longoing on this. Read the article. The Sheriff was within the law. We like to protect our kids in Butts County. Not the criminal perverts. So are you defending the perverts anyway?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

You should always be aware of guys that look a certain way around your children. Middle aged. Single, never married. Socially awkward. Most likely white. Common sense parenting.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

No lover of sex offenders here... but "signing" yards of the adjudicated is nonsensical. Is this act required by state law? Would it be appropriate for a sign to be planted in front of every person's home who had been convicted of a crime? Perhaps society should revert back using alphabet letters after the fashion of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter." For the poorly read, it is about a woman being required to wear the letter "A" on her outer clothing for an act of adultery. My, my ... how each of us would look if we had to wear a letter representing every SIN we had thought or committed on our chest every day!!

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

I have no problem with this at all. Once a sexual predator, always a sexual predator. People should be warned about these scum bags. I have 3 young daughters. I want all the information I can get to protect them from people like that.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Hi_estComnDenomn ... Children should always "be aware" of their parents, many of whom blindly entrust them to the care/friendship of sex piranhas.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Am I the only one that noticed that this occurred in Butts County?

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

They should get that sign tattooed on their foreheads once convicted.

moon111
moon111

Curious if someone was charged before close-in-age exceptions were added to the law, would they still be considered a sex offender? A 17-year-old boy who served 10 years in prison for consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl... would they get a sign stuck in their yard?