Police conduct Halloween sex offender sweep

78 year sex offender, Clayton Stockwell, is transferred from the Alachua County Sherriff's custody by Detective Corporal Duane Diehl to Gainesville Police after being arrested for violating his parole Monday, October 31, 2005. Stockwell unsuccessfully completed the terms of a sex offender causing him to violate his parole.

AARON DAYE/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
While children went door-to-door in search of Halloween candy Monday, area law enforcement officers did some trick-or-treating of their own.
But when they knocked on the doors of 111 child sex offenders living in Gainesville and Alachua County, candy wasn't part of the visits.
The officers conducted Operation Safe Kids - a multi-agency sweep to ensure offenders were complying with their parole and release conditions and were properly registered, said Detective Cpl. Duane Diehl of the Gainesville Police Department.
Officers from GPD, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, the Alachua and High Springs police departments and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement accompanied Florida Department of Corrections probation and parole officers on sex offender sweeps for about four hours.
Diehl said that of the 88 offenders who were home, all of them met their probation requirements, which included not handing out candy to children or hanging up Halloween decorations.
"These sweeps give us a chance to meet with the offenders and check to make sure they're doing what they're supposed to be doing," Diehl said.
Officers did make one arrest - of a 78-year-old Gainesville man - for a previous probation violation.
Deborah Ball can be reached at (352) 338-3109 or balld@gvillesun.com

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