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A District Attorney in Oklahoma County says the language of the state's current sex offender law makes parts of it difficult to enforce. The DA, David Prater, says it's hard to prove that a sex offender knowingly moved into a restricted area...and it's also difficult to monitor offenders who live in rural areas. KTEN's Andrea Kurys reports.       

Locally, Ardmore police officials say it comes down to manpower, and they are doing the best they can with the resources they have.       

The law in Oklahoma prohibits sex offenders from living within 2 thousand feet of a school, park or day care center. To enforce this, offenders are required to register with the police department and check in once a month.

The Ardmore police department has an investigator assigned to track the whereabouts of sex offenders. Lt. Eric Hamblin says offenders do sometimes move into restricted areas or fail to register. Several were arrested last year because of this.

"Basically, we have a map that shows where you can and cannot live. It's very difficult to live inside the city limits of Ardmore and be a registered sex offender because of that law. I think it's a good law," said Hamblin.     

Oklahoma District Attorney David Prater would like state legislators to adjust restrictions placed on sex offenders. He says when they are forced to move outside city limits because of restricted areas, it makes it harder for authorities to monitor them.     

Assistant Carter County District Attorney Johnny Loard says local residents will often help with this problem by contacting authorities if they become aware of an un-registered sex offender.  

Andrea Kurys, KTEN News.