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TV Fact or Fiction: ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Goes Trick-Or-Treating for Sex Offenders

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Is this "SVU" scene fact or fiction? (NBC)

Is this "SVU" scene fact or fiction? (NBC)

For the sake of entertainment, television shows -- even the reality ones -- often take artistic liberties to tell their stories. Sometimes the plotlines exaggerate reality and sometimes they mimic reality, so viewers are left asking, "Was that true? Can that happen in real life?" Now's your chance to play TV detective and uncover the truth once and for all!

Our very first TV Fact or Fiction question comes from this week's Halloween-themed episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," titled "Missing Pieces." The episode finds the SVU detectives racing to find a missing (possibly kidnapped) baby on Halloween night. While Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Amaro (Danny Pino) are busy questioning the infant's distraught parents, Fin (Ice-T) and Rollins (Kelli Giddish) hit the pavement searching for clues.

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As part of their investigation, Fin and Rollins go door-to-door looking for sex offenders who may be breaking their parole by participating in Halloween activities like decorating their homes, dressing up in costumes, and answering the door for trick-or-treaters. The detectives do stumble upon a sex offender breaking his parole and they immediately arrest the bozo. What do you think? Are sex offenders really prohibited from Halloween-related festivities on All Hallow's Eve? Can real-life SVU detectives arrest parolees in violation of this rule?

Let us know what you think in the comments below and check back tomorrow when we talk to "Law & Order: SVU" technical consultant Timothy J. Hardiman as he reveals the truth.

Watch a preview of the episode here:

"Law & Order: SVU" airs Wednesdays at 10pm ET on NBC.

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