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Law officers check Delaware County sex offenders for compliance

A new section of Oklahoma law prohibits registered sex offenders from living with a minor child who is not their child or grandchild, unless the child is the victim.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: June 12, 2013

Law enforcement officers knocked on doors of known sex offenders Wednesday to make sure they were in compliance with a recent Oklahoma law.

“There are 107 registered sex offenders in Delaware County,” said Dan Price, Delaware County district attorney investigator, who organized the daylong compliance check. “We were looking to see if they were living with children.”

State law prohibits a registered sex offender from residing within 2,000 feet of a school, playground, park, licensed child care facility or child-related facility. A new section of the law that went into effect in November makes it unlawful for a sex offender to live with a minor child, Price said.

Law enforcement officers from seven state and county agencies covered more than 700 square miles in Wednesday's effort.

Price said 25 of the 107 sex offenders are under supervision. The youngest sex offender in Delaware County is 22 and the oldest is 72, he said.

In 2005, a sex offender compliance program was implemented in Ottawa and Delaware counties at the direction of District Attorney Eddie Wyant.

“He saw the need and it has paid off,” Price said.

When Price started checking on sex offenders, he went to nine houses and found only one person was where he should be.

“People had moved and left no forwarding addresses,” Price said.

Price said high concentrations of sex offenders are in the southeast section of the county near the Arkansas state line.

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