Thursday, December 01, 2005

System tracks sex offenders

Garfield County is home to 69 verified registered sex offenders, placing us ninth among the state’s 77 counties.The key word here is verified. There are 64 verified registered sex offenders in Enid alone, although Capt. Nathan Morris of the Enid Police Department says that number might be closer to 90.Police are doing what they can to track sex offenders, becoming more aggressive in filing charges against offenders who fail to register or follow guidelines outlined in the state’s Sex Offender Registration Act. Keeping track of these individuals, Morris said, is nearly a full-time job.The state Department of Corrections has a Web site that attempts to keep track of all registered sex offenders. The state’s Oklahoma Sex and Violent Crime Offender Registry Web site — which can be accessed under “offender information” at — allows anyone with Internet access to search by name, address, city, county and zip code for sex offenders registered with their area’s law enforcement agency.The system is not perfect, with the site recently listing 1,027 “delinquent” offenders, but does a better than adequate job of tracking registered sex offenders and their movement.Offenders are required to notify local law enforcement agencies and DOC every 90 days to confirm information regarding their residence. Offenders also are required to notify law enforcement three days before they move. Habitual and aggravated offenders are required to register for their lifetime and all other sex offenders are required to register for 10 years following the expiration of their sentence, according to the DOC Web site.Just because a sex offender lives in your neighborhood is no reason to live in fear. Garfield County Assistant District Attorney Mike Fields says predicting whether or not a convicted sex offender will offend again is “difficult, if not impossible.”Regardless, the DOC’s Web site helps keep the general public informed about the whereabouts of registered sex offenders.Convicted sex offenders who have served their jail time, who register with law enforcement and who obey the law, should be allowed to live in peace. Those who fail to follow the rules of society, however, should be sought and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sex Offenders did not think about living in peace before they committed such a horrible act. Is the victum or the families of the victum living in peace? They need to have stricter punishments for those who do such a crime.

At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a concerned citizen while there is supposed to be a penalty for not registering as a sex offender I am personally aware of a sex offender in your county that has remained unregistered since 1999. I also have person knowledge that he has been in your county jail off and on a number of times since then. While he was on probation I contacted his probation officer and nothing was done about it, I have contacted DOC and told them where this inmate is located, nothing again. You have a known sex offender that has not registered ever sitting in your county jail with at least 10 if not more former charges has never done more than 10 months in county and that was for manufactoring Meth. COME on where is the justice here. He has plead guilty to charges at this time and been sentenced. However he is awaiting a hearing for sentence modification. Since this is an election year I am sure that the DA and Judges would love to see an habitual criminal with sex offences for which he never served one day in jail finally realize that you can't just live your life one crime after the other and get away with it NO MATTER WHAT. I will email you further information to the email address on your resume and maybe you can do something about this.

At 8:04 AM, Anonymous MSLGWCEO said...

Who on the registries are the ones that we need to watch out for?? With recidivism for first time sex offenses being so low, no one can tell when 78% are placed on tier III.

Highlights include the following:

* Released prisoners with the highest rearrest rates were robbers (70.2%),
burglars (74.0%),
larcenists (74.6%),
motor vehicle thieves (78.8%), those in prison for possessing or selling stolen property (77.4%), and those in prison for possessing, using, or selling illegal weapons (70.2%).

* Within 3 years, 2.5% of released rapists were arrested for another rape, and 1.2%

of those who had served time for homicide were arrested for homicide.
* The 272,111 offenders discharged in 1994 had accumulated 4.1 million arrest charges before their most recent imprisonment and another 744,000 charges within 3 years of release.

Many on tier III are NOT a danger to anyone. Crimes that were committed 10-20 or more years ago who are listed as NON-aggravated/NON-habitual. Now the real predators can HIDE in the registries.

Here is a story concerning a teen for consensual sex who is on Tier III in Oklahoma.

"Teen Feels Snared In Sex Offender Law."

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