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Police in LaPorte County found two sex offenders in noncompliance Wednesday night during an annual pre-Halloween sweep.

The compliance check, dubbed Operation Boo, targeted 88 registered sex offenders, said Capt. Michael Kellems, of the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office.

Police said 26 officers from the sheriff's office, LaPorte, Michigan City and the U.S. Marshals Service conducted the checks between 7:30 and 11 p.m.

Sheriff's detectives will be assigned to follow up with the two people found in noncompliance, and the LaPorte County prosecutor's office will review the cases for possible charges, police said.

The sheriff's office decided to conduct the sweep just before Halloween as a way to proactively protect children trick-or-treating or participating in other holiday events, Kellems said.

"Additionally, during the sweep, offenders were put on notice that they were being closely monitored during the Halloween and trick-or-treat season and strongly encouraged not to participate," he said.

To check the sex offender registry, go to and selected the "Search for sex offenders" option under "Quick links."

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Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.