(Guadalupe County) -- While trick-or-treaters were let loose on the streets Tuesday night, others were kept on lockdown at the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office.
Investigator Sgt. Robert Murphy says the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office again successfully kept their eyes on 33 registered sex offenders between the Halloween hours of 6 and 10 p.m.
"Sheriff Zwicke has I think for almost a decade -- he and the probation department have gotten together and we have all of the sex offenders who are on probation, as part of their treatment, come to the sheriff's office on Halloween night where they work on their treatment plans and that sort of thing. They're here for four hours during the peak time of trick-or-treating which helps them both in their treatment and it keeps the citizens' minds at ease that our registered sex offenders are in a safe location so their children can go out and trick-or-treat," said Murphy.
Murphy, says during the effort, a team of professionals worked closely together -- helping the individuals meet the terms of their probation. He adds that Tuesday's turnout was definitely interesting for this year's program.
"As a condition of their probation, they have to come participate in the program. Tuesday night, was a little unusual. We had, I was told, three registered sex offenders who voluntarily came in to participate in the program voluntarily, even though they're not required to do so," said Murphy.
During the lock down, the offenders continued with their treatment under strict supervision. Upon being released, the offenders were required to return home and turn off their lights as to not attract any other trick-or-treaters.