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Experts weigh in on touching in haunted houses

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These next couple of nights many eastern Iowa families will be heading to haunted houses, but do you know who's grabbing your kids while your in those haunted houses? Just last week a Wisconsin man was found groping people inside a Wisconsin house.

Dark Chambers has been scaring people in Dubuque for four years. Owners said they've never had a problem with their volunteers touching visitors.

"That's a general rule that everyone knows. Even when they were kids until now when they went through haunted houses, they'll (the volunteers) will say 'we're not allowed to touch them right?' yes," said owner, Trent Johnson.

Johnson said nearly 30 volunteers work for Dark Chambers. He said any given night he will have 15 volunteers scaring visitors. He said every night he reminders the volunteers of what they are and are not allowed to do while scaring people. He said has volunteers watch videos about how to handle visitors and make sure everyone is safe.

"It's a lot of common sense like if you see a customer storming through your set and the customer is drunk just stay back and stay out of the way, let them go. Then you take the actor bypass door into the rest of the haunt to let other volunteers know," said Johnson.

Employees of the haunted house said it's customers that often end up bumping into the volunteers because they are scared or even drunk. They said if customers get to out of hand, they get taken to an even scarier place, jail.

The charges for groping someone in a haunted house is simple assault, but depending on the type and nature of the contact, assault with intent to commit sexual abuse might also be applicable.

A simple assault carries a potential sentence of up to 30 days in jail and a $625 fine.

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