It should go without saying that we all want our children to be safe every day of the year. We want to live in communities where our kids can ride their bikes, head out to the playground, and throw a ball in the yard and not have to worry about being bothered by an adult with bad intentions. On Halloween night, this need to promote vigilance seems to be even more heightened. With boys and girls wearing the costumes of their favorite superhero or Disney princess, we want the experience to be fun and safe. The kids sometimes knock on the doors of people who are strangers to them and the state of Texas has taken measures to make sure those answering the knocks have only the best intentions.
Operation Safe Halloween, which was a joint effort between the Attorney General's Fugitive Unit and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Parole Division, arrested seven convicted child sex offenders who did not stay inside their homes and away from trick-or-treaters last Sunday night.
While, thankfully, there was no mention of any of the men arrested engaging in any inappropriate activity with children, they failed to meet the strict parole regulations that were in place for this special night. Our state's law enforcement should be applauded for taking these extra measures to make sure our kids had a safe environment for their fun night out.
At Bertolino LLP, we are glad to know there is strict enforcement of all laws that work to protect children. We also know that every person who has been accused of a crime is entitled to a strong defense and an assertion of all legal rights. If you have been accused of a sexual offense, or are now facing a jail sentence due to a parole violation based on an earlier conviction, the criminal defense attorneys at Bertolino LLP can help. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Posted by Tony R. Bertolino, Esq. at 11:35 AM