JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri prosecutor is urging the state Supreme Court to let him prosecute a man charged with violating restrictions on sex offenders' Halloween activities.
A 2008 law requires sex offenders to remain inside on Halloween, leave their outdoor lights off and post a sign indicating no candy is available.
Charles Raynor, of Mexico, Mo., is accused of violating those rules after police saw a woman handing out candy from his home on Halloween. The charge was dismissed by a trial judge because the Halloween rules were established after Raynor's sex crime conviction more than a decade ago in Washington.
Audrain County Prosecutor Jacob Shellabarger argued Wednesday that Halloween restrictions are "collateral consequences" that can be imposed for prior convictions.