A federal judge in Macon has called a halt to a county sheriff’s plans to place warning signs barring trick-or-treating in front of the homes of people on Georgia’s sex offender registry. 

U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell of the Middle District of Georgia limited the injunction he handed down Tuesday to the three men on the state sex offender registry who sued to stop Butts County Sheriff Gary Long from posting the warning signs. But the judge’s order also put the sheriff on notice that the authority he asserted for “blanket sign posting” in front of other registered sex offenders’ homes “is dubious at best and even more dubious if posted over the objection of registrants.”