Reported by Kacie Whaley
In many states this Halloween, officials are stopping by the homes of sëx offenders to be sure everyone is following the mandatory protocol of avoiding the yearly celebration. Rapper Mystical was among those who received a visit.
In 2003, former No Limit Records rapper Mystikal, aka Michael Lawrence Tyler, plead guilty to forcing his hairstylist to perform oral sëx on him and his friend. He was charged with sëxual battery and extortion and sentenced to six years in prison in 2004. Mystikal was released in January of 2010 and now must remain registered as a sëx offender for the rest of his life.
“I don’t do the pity party thing,” Mystikal told WBRZ News. “I have to participate in sëx offender groups and stuff like that. It don’t stop your life, man.”
Although Mystikal is not a child sëx offender, he told reporters that he was understanding when the police visited his Louisiana home to make sure he was not participating in Halloween activities so as to avoid contact with children.
“I have the same fears that most parents have,” said the artist. “I don’t have an offense against no young kids or nothing like that, which don’t make my offense no better, but still, protect your kids man, protect your kids. Our kids are the most important thing we have.”
A couple of Louisiana’s October 31st rules for sëx offenders include the prohibition of wearing masks and the restriction of distributing candy, according to KPLC News. Some officers provide offenders with signs that read “No candy at this residence,” although some groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, are arguing that the signs are “unlawful” and violate First Amendment rights, according to nola.com.
Some towns and parishes enforce a trick-or-treat curfew to prevent risk of assault against minors. An example of this is East Baton Rouge’s trick-or-treat schedule of 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.