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In georgia the sheriff of a ‘No Trick-or-Treat” signs, trigger a lawsuit by sex offenders

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A group of sex offenders in Georgia, is suing the Butts County Sheriff’s office to post a “No Trick-or-Treat” signs on their houses.

The Butts County Sheriff, ” said he, with the help of signs to make it safe for children, but the sex offenders claiming they were a violation of their right to freedom of opinion and expression, and privacy.

The initiative began in 2018, as the Butts County Sheriff Gary Long, addressed the delegates and to insert “Warning!!! No Trick-or-Treat at this place!!” the signs in the front yards a distance of more than 200 sex offenders registered in the county from Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The sheriff’s office plans to use the same tactic again this year, as well as three registered sex offenders have filed suit.

In a Facebook post, Sheriff Gary Long said he was brought to the boards as a result of the cancellation of a local Halloween festival “Halloween on the Square”, and the subsequent influx of door-to-door trick-or-treaters. He told me that they had been following Georgia law, and the protection of the children, if they have been implemented in the public notices.

“The law makes it possible for the sheriff to be put on a list of registered sex offenders, at his office in the court house, on the internet,” the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, Mark Yurachek, told Fox 5 in Atlanta. “It doesn’t matter to him, and to go door-to-door to tell people you have a sex offender living next door to you.”

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“I’m just not sure that this type of activity will make your kids safer,” Yurachek said of the initiative. “It is your constitutional rights to be less secure.”

“The offence, the stuff is fairly self-explanatory. They make their own and put the sign on it,” Yurachek will be added.

Their lawyers argued that since the Georgis State’s sex offender Registry does not necessary for perpetrators to post on these boards, and they should not be forced by the local deputie to have them out again.

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“They are the people who are brave enough to not be afraid to let the public know that they’re registered sex offenders, but they are not willing to fight against this unlawful act of the sheriff,” said Yurachek. The registrants have no obligation to provide the public with information about their status, according to the attorney.

“I don’t understand is that there are a lot of people who think it is a good idea, which is to think,” Yes, this will protect my kids, but they need to think about is, ” Will it protect my rights?'” Yuracheck he said.

For a long time, it said that regardless of the decision of the Court on Thursday that he would do everything within the law for the protection of the community’s children.

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In the other regions of Georgia are also used for the ‘No Trick-or-Treat” signs, as well as Monroe, and Lamar counties. In Monroe County, if the offender did not have a sign in their yard, they would have had to wait in the lobby of the local sheriff’s office during the trick-or-treat hours on Halloween.

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