Human Rights Watch would like to thank all of the survivors of sexual violence, former offenders and their families, social workers, advocates, law enforcement officials, and attorneys who shared their experiences and perspective with us for this report. We are especially grateful to those who trusted us with very painful and personal stories. Corinne Carey, former researcher for the US Program, undertook the original research for this report.
SORNA requires sex offenders to register and keep their registration current in each jurisdiction in which they reside, are employed, or attend school. A sex offender must also initially register in the jurisdiction in which convicted if it is different from the jurisdiction of residence. Back to Top.
A zone of safety is hereby created around elementary, junior high and high schools, permitted or licensed child care centers as defined by the Department of Human Services, playgrounds, or parks. A person is prohibited from loitering within five hundred feet of any elementary, junior high or high school, permitted or licensed child care center, playground, or park if the person has been convicted of a crime that requires the person to register pursuant to the Sex Offenders Registration Act or the person has been convicted of an offense in another jurisdiction, which offense if committed or attempted in this state, would have been punishable as one or more of the offenses listed in Section of Title 57 of the Oklahoma Statutes and the victim was a child under the age of sixteen 16 years. This proscription of conduct shall not modify or remove any restrictions currently applicable to the person by court order, conditions of probation or as provided by other provision of law.
Oklahoma made numerous changes to the sex offender registration requirements in The following is a list of the changes:. Several of these are administrative changes that will not have a huge impact on sex offenders.
In accordance with federal laws requiring sex offender registration and public notice of sex offender status, the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registration Act became effective November 1, Since that time, it has undergone significant revisions, and the restrictions and responsibilities of convicted sex offenders in Oklahoma are continually changing. Being required to register as a sex offender is often the most difficult part of conviction of a sex crime.
You may also register for the Community Notification system so that you can be notified by email when a registered sex offender moves into the specified radius of the address submitted. The Act applies to any person residing, working, or attending school within the state who has been convicted or received any probationary term for a sex crime in the state after November 1,or has entered the state after November 1,having previously been convicted or received any probationary term for a sex crime. State law designates certain sex offenders as habitual two or more sex crime convictions or aggravated convicted of the most serious kinds of sex offensesand based on federal law all sex offenders are assigned to one of three levels.
Oklahoma law requires that any person convicted of a sex crime must register with the Oklahoma Sex and Violent Offender Registry if they live, work or go to school within Oklahoma. This registry tracks the whereabouts of sex offenders and makes this information available to the general public on their website. For many convicted sex offenders, this requirement feels like an unfair invasion of their privacy, and so they avoid registering.
It is unlawful for any person registered pursuant to the Sex Offenders Registration Act to reside, either temporarily or permanently, within a two-thousand-foot radius of any public or private school site, educational institution, property or campsite used by an organization whose primary purpose is working with children, a playground or park that is established, operated or supported in whole or in part by city, county, state, federal or tribal government, or licensed child care center as defined by the Department of Human Services. Establishment of a day care center or park in the vicinity of the residence of a registered sex offender will not require the relocation of the sex offender or the sale of the property. On the effective date of this act, the distance indicated in this section shall be measured from the nearest property line of the residence of the person to the nearest property line of the public or private school site, educational institution, property or campsite used by an organization whose primary purpose is working with children, playground, park, or licensed child care facility; provided, any nonprofit organization established and housing sex offenders prior to the effective date of this provision shall be allowed to continue its operation.
On November 1,the state legislature enacted the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registration Act, some five years before states were required by the federal government to pass such legislation according to the Jacob Wetterling Act. Since the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry was established, the Act has undergone numerous revisions, and keeping up with sex offender requirements and restrictions can be difficult. While the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled the retroactive application of the Act to be unconstitutional, the restrictions in place have been repeatedly upheld.
The person told officials that Stone, a convicted sex offender, lived in Grady County, but was claiming to be homeless in Oklahoma City and registering as a transient in the city. When authorities confirmed Stone was a sex offender, officials questioned him about the allegations. Although he initially told deputies he was indeed a transient in Oklahoma City and registering every week with Oklahoma City, he eventually admitted he had been lying on the registry for years, the Chickasha Express Star reports. Stone reportedly confessed to living in Grady County for the past four years and driving to Oklahoma City to register as a sex offender.