Stop OK Courts From Dropping Sex Offenders From Registry
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#1 Aug 2, 2012
Unbelievable!! We can't let this happen.
Supreme Court Decision Could Knock Thousands Of Sex Offenders Off Oklahoma Registry
Posted: Aug 02, 2012 9:59 PM CDT
Updated: Aug 02, 2012 9:59 PM CDT
By Havonnah Johnson, News 9
Right now the state Supreme Court is looking at two specific cases and whatever the high court decides will set a precedent for all level three sex offenders statewide.
OKLAHOMA CITY - There's a fear thousands of sex offenders could drop off the Oklahoma registry and go unchecked.
Some have been convicted of rape and child molestation, but want the state Supreme Court to give them a fresh start.
Right now the state Supreme Court is looking at two specific cases and whatever the high court decides will set a precedent for all level three sex offenders statewide, including one local man whose daughter is pushing the court to look at individuals on a case by case basis.
Rodger Dale Stevens molested his daughter, Elizabeth Reece, for years. He served four years in prison and six years of probation. Now he wants off the statewide sex offenders registry.
"I think he's registered under a P.O. Box right now which gives you no indication where he lives and that's disturbing," Reece said.
Stevens' lawyer, David Slane, defends hundreds of accused sex offenders.
"He's representing more than 400 sex offenders, from what I know, off the list. Not just indecent exposure like he markets, there is second-degree rape," Reece said.
Reece says Slane is profiting from her misfortune.
"I'm not making any money off of anybody's demise. I'm a lawyer. People pay me to do my job and my job is a legal process.[Reece] could also say that the police are making a living off of crime," Slane responded.
Now their debate will be settled by the high court. Reece is encouraging people to write their legislator to perhaps influence the court's decision. No word on when the ruling will come down, but it will affect thousands of people either way.
Right now the state supreme court is looking at two specific cases.
Read more about Christopher Luster appeal information.
Read more about James Starkey appeal information.
#2 Aug 12, 2012
call your congressman and reps at all levels.
#3 Aug 12, 2012
This is crazy, crazy I tell ya. First the Govornor signed the law saying that child sex offenders can't live with children, and now they want to drop them from the list so they can live with children. I've got my work cut out for me on this one.
The offenders want a fresh start? Have our courts lost their mind's? I read horrible abuse stories in the OK news, daily, and the court's want to make our state a safe haven for the abusers. I don't think so. We must stop this.
We already have thousands who are unaccounted for and they want to add to that number. Good Grief!
#4 Aug 12, 2012
our laws protect criminals.
#5 Aug 14, 2012
The laws do protect the criminals, no doubt about it.
The two cases in OK that the Supreme Court of Oklahoma will base their decision on are that of Christopher Luster and James Starkey. Both are registered child molesters in our state.
They're decision will effect all level 3 sex offenders in our state. This includes the worst of the worst that could be able to come to the school where your child attends, your day care, and your parks.
Not only that, but they could be able to work in any of these places.
I really don't understand this nonsense.
I think this calls for all of us to write letters to anybody that could make a positive difference in protecting our children.
#6 Aug 14, 2012
These statistics are staggering.
I hadn't given the cost of child abuse any thought until I saw the economic impact it has on us as tax payers. Just one more reason to contact your OK Politicians.
#8 Aug 20, 2012
We have an epidemic of child molestation in the state of OK. The latest case being being discussed is that of an Atoka, OK Teacher/Coach.
You can read about some of the latest cases in OK by going to visit my friends at bubbaworld.com
They also discuss the McCurtain County Court's failure to protect it's children from abuse.
Since: Aug 12
#9 Aug 20, 2012
Pearl, are you aware that Dustin Mitchell Seymour is not currently registered as a sex offender in your county. It appears that he is missing.
Do you know if custody was returned to Joni, or if he has fled with the children?
#10 Aug 20, 2012
Read about a daughter who wants her dad to stay on the sex offender registry. You can scroll to the bottom of the page and catch a couple of new abuse cases.
#11 Aug 20, 2012
Thanks Mini, I don't know.
#12 Aug 21, 2012
Jury selection has begun for the former assistant principal's child molestation trial. Sometimes these cases go on and on for years.
Since: Aug 12
#13 Aug 21, 2012
Today's OKC article about the police sargeant who pled guilty to sexually abusing the boy's he pretended to care about.
#14 Aug 21, 2012
No protection for our kid...sad.
#15 Aug 21, 2012
Many states have come to the same conclusion--put rapists and child molesters on a list to know their location and so as to be able to make easy contact with them if needed. Who put these judges on the bench ? maybe they will come to the right conclusion and keep the perps on the llist. Most of them probably are repeat offenders ---especially of child molesters.
#16 Aug 21, 2012
If these supreme court judges make the wrong choice of releasing rapist and child molesters you, the citizen will have the choice come before you to remove them from their seat on the supreme court according to what I found on ifo on the internet. so you amy get that chance iof they make a choice other than what you think is right. That is if I understand your state laws on removal of judges from the bench. you may get your chance to do so.
#17 Aug 22, 2012
I love our country and I love the right's afforded me with our governmental system. If they make the wrong choice in the release of sex offenders, I will take it seriously and become more involved in politics. I do have a loud mouth, as most folks know. Time to stand up and get involved.
#18 Sep 7, 2012
Am I reading this right, his attorney say's it is the Oklahoma coach's constitutional right to have sex with a student? Tell me it isn't so.
Attorney for ex-coach charged with rape says Oklahoma's age of consent law is unconstitutional
Tyrone Nash is facing 10 felony counts, even though the alleged victim, 16, says sex was consensual; lawyer is asking trial judge to dismiss charges based on Arkansas high court ruling.
By Tim Willert | Published: September 5, 2012
Attorney for ex-coach charged with rape says Oklahoma's age of consent law is unconstitutional
Tyrone Lamont Nash, 33, of Oklahoma City, is charged with five counts of second-degree rape and five counts of forcible oral sodomy. The former Western Heights High School coach was arrested Sept. 9 after the student, 16, told police she had been having sex with a teacher.
Attorney David Slane filed a motion in Oklahoma County District Court on Tuesday asking the trial judge in Nash's case to overturn statutes for second-degree rape and oral sodomy as they apply to school district employees.
“I'm not saying that it's OK for teachers to have sex with students,” Slane said outside the court clerk's office.“What I'm saying is this statute is poorly written and unconstitutional.”
Under Oklahoma law, the age of consent for sexual intercourse and oral sodomy is 16, unless the acts are committed by a school district employee.
Slane contends the law should be rewritten by the Oklahoma legislature to apply only to teachers and other school employees who wield some sort of power, control or influence over a student.
Nash, he said, was not the girl's teacher. The girl was a volunteer helper for the basketball team Nash coached, the attorney said.
“The reason the law is unconstitutional is that if two people are of age of consent, that means they have a constitutional right to privacy, which includes sexual relations,” he said
The girl told investigators she had sex with a teacher at her school 15 to 20 times, most recently in March 2011.
Slane said the girl testified at a January preliminary hearing for Nash that she consented to all of the acts and acknowledged taking his phone and initiating contact with him.
The attorney cited a March 29 decision by the Arkansas Supreme Court to overturn a man's conviction on four counts of second-degree assault with a student who was 18, saying both of them had a constitutional right to privacy because they were consenting adults.
“They basically ruled that the state couldn't prohibit them from having sex,” Slane said.“They stuck down the law as it was written because it was too broad.”
Nash, who is free on $50,000 bail, resigned from
Western Heights last year. His trial date is set for Oct. 29. Slane said he expects Oklahoma County District Judge Jerry D. Bass to rule on the motion by the end of September.
Both sides are expected to appeal the judge's ruling to the court of criminal appeals, which could delay Nash's trial indefinitely.
“Statutes passed by the legislature are presumed to be constitutional and like every other motion filed by criminal defendants we'll argue this one in court,” First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland said Tuesday.
#19 Sep 8, 2012
The fact that they would even accept to vote on this tells me that some must be, know of or condone some of this . Any congressman that would for to let sex offenders off the hook are scum
#20 Sep 10, 2012
This is the headline for another example of the blatant sexual abuse of our children. An OU Professor who had been training our DHS child welfare supervisors.
The article is too long to post, click the link for the full continuing story dated July 23, 2012.
A police officer had made accusations against him in 2001, and we are now hearing about it. His contract was terminated 3 days before charges were filed in Dec. 2011. Cover up?
"Man accused of child sex abuse helped train Oklahoma child welfare supervisors.
A former University of Oklahoma social work professor who is awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing children helped train Oklahoma Department of Human Services child welfare supervisors, records reveal."
#21 Sep 11, 2012
Today it's a judge downloading porn on his state computer. 19 folony's dismissed.
Oklahoma Supreme Court suspends former judge from legal practice
By Michael McNutt | Published: September 11, 2012
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday suspended from legal practice until March a former Harper County associate district judge who pleaded no contest to violating Oklahoma's computer crimes act.
G. Wayne Olmstead resigned in January after being indicted in 2011. He was accused of downloading pornographic videos from the Internet to his state computer.
Olmstead, 64, initially faced 19 felony counts of downloading obscene materials, but he reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and pleaded no contest in January to a felony charge of violating Oklahoma's computer crimes act. The original case was dismissed.
The new charge alleged he downloaded certain inappropriate material to his state computer in 2011. Olmstead, who became an associate district judge in 2002 in Harper County, agreed to resign, spend a year on probation, pay about $4,000 in court costs and get a mental health evaluation.
A judge has deferred imposing any sentence until January when Olmstead's year of probation ends.
A total of 57 pornographic movies were found to have been stored on Olmstead's state-issued computer after the misconduct was discovered in 2011, according to earlier court documents.
“The nature of the content and volume of the material downloaded by Olmstead cannot be minimized,” wrote Justice Douglas Combs.“The act of downloading adult sexually suggestive materials in tremendous volume on a state-owned computer is a very serious offense which should not be minimalized.”
The state Supreme Court in March issued an interim suspension for Olmstead, who requested that the discipline be set aside, Combs wrote. The suspension ordered Monday runs through March 12. Justices voted 8-0 to suspend Olmstead; Chief Justice Steven Taylor didn't vote.
“The bare mitigating factors that he is a good lawyer and a good person cannot overcome the fact that he knowingly used his state-owned computer to download sensitive materials in tremendous volume for his personal use,” Combs wrote.“His arguments that he has been punished enough by the loss of his job and public embarrassment is in fact not enough punishment for his lack of judgment and respect for the position he held.”
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