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Oklahoma Sex Offenders

Wednesday, Oklahoma authorities spoke with state lawmakers about how restrictive residency requirements for convicted sex offenders are preventing many of them from finding a place to live.Victims' rights advocates say these residency requirements are forcing many offenders to move to rural areas where treatment options are limited.KTEN's Hailee Holliday reports.

      Oklahoma state authorities say the requirements on where offenders can live may be to blame for a decrease in sex offender registrations.Lawmakers spoke with federal, state and county law enforcement officials and prosecuters to discuss problems with the state's sex offender act and a proposal to create a registration system that would not treat all offenders the same. Ardmore police say the 39-registered sex offenders in ardmore may find the city very restrictive when it comes to places to live, since requirements say offenders can't live within 2-thousand feet of a park, day-care center, playground or school.

Ardmore Police's, Eric Hamblin, says, "It's difficult to live in much of anywhere within the city limits of Ardmore where you're not within 2,000 feet of a park or a school. It pushes them to the outskirts of town and to the rural areas."

      Hamblin says even though offenders are forced to the rural areas, he is not so sure it limits their options for treatment since they are still able to drive into town. Many law enforcement officials believe these offenders should stick with the requirements because being a registered sex offender means they are and could be a danger to society.

Hailee Holliday, KTEN News