Some Oklahoma Sex Offenders Living In...

Some Oklahoma Sex Offenders Living In Hotels

There are 235 comments on the Oklahoma Impact Team story from May 19, 2010, titled Some Oklahoma Sex Offenders Living In Hotels. In it, Oklahoma Impact Team reports that:

Nursing home advocate Wes Bledsoe said he was checking addresses of sex offenders against those of nursing homes when he noticed several offenders were at one address, which happened to be hotel.

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fgggdsaf

Sand Springs, OK

#1 May 19, 2010
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Joe

United States

#3 May 19, 2010
This is rediculous. These restrictions are stupid. When are the politicians going to quit passing laws to "look good" for re-election and start listening to the police and the probation officers and therapists and do something right? The living restrictions need to be done away just like the police want.
Mom

Pleasant Hope, MO

#4 May 20, 2010
Typical, they write a story saying the restrictions are too strict and then everyone agrees. Well, when they write the story that they relaxed the rules and offenders were allowed near children then people will condemn that.

Honestly the restrictions are NOT too strict. Sex offenders don't need easy access to kids. Now I don't know what the 'politically correct' solution to this problem is, but I know what the Bible says should be done. And if people actually followed the Bible we would not be having these problems and our children would be safe and the police would be freed up to deal with other issues which would save us billions in tax dollars every year.
Barbara

United States

#5 May 20, 2010
The restrictions are good. Therapists are idiots...these people can not be cured. Period. Round them all up and stick them in some desolate area in a tent city.
Paul

Broken Arrow, OK

#6 May 20, 2010
This sex offender hysteria has gotten ridiculous. You're just further stigmatizing people who can already hardly get a job, making it harder for them to survive legally. I'd be fine with this buffer zone stuff, if there were restrictions placed on the construction and placement of new parks, schools, and day-cares.

If the choice is between violating some law about residency, or starving & becoming homeless, what do you think people are going to do? They're already prohibited from getting into Federally assisted housing, and those convicted of felonies can't get food stamps in the state of Oklahoma.

It's probably cheaper to help sex offenders move on with life than it is to pay for their medical care, food, and housing in prison. Wes Bledsoe is a waste of a human life, as he hasn't learned the value of being merciful
Cowetian

Broken Arrow, OK

#7 May 20, 2010
There is no cure for these animals or guarantee they will not do it again. Only two answers, life in prison or castration. Simple, problem solved.
oh well stuff happens

Atlanta, GA

#8 May 20, 2010
True sex offenders dont care about the restrictions or the law, otherwise they would be sex offenders. Ease up on them so the maybe honest ones can make a living.
Concerned Citizen

Tulsa, OK

#9 May 20, 2010
I agree that the hysteria of sex offenders has gotten ridiculous. Not all sex offenders are predators! In Oklahoma, it is illegal to urinate outside regardless of how desolate the area may be - if someone sees you, you can be convicted of "Indecent Exposure", which is a Level I sex offense requiring the individual to register for 15 years. The same goes for streaking or even "mooning" someone! Arizona wanted to prosecute a 16-yr. old for "mooning" someone while in the car with some friends - and Arizona is LIFETIME registration for every sex offender.

Yes, their is a tier system in Oklahoma - Level 1 (low risk) has to register for 15 yrs, Level 2 (moderate risk) has to register for 25 yrs, and Level 3 (high risk) has to register for life. Since Oklahoma has implemented this tier system, perhaps state lawmakers may want to take it into consideration regarding residency restrictions? For example, the higher the level you are the further you are required to live from an educational institution, park, playground, or daycare, with Level 3 sex offenders remaining at the status quo. Residency restrictions leaving 85% of Oklahoma City unihabitable for sex offenders is simply ridiculous.

As for the Biblical claim against sex offenders, as by the Virginia "Mom", we are no longer under the "Law of God" of the Old Testament. Jesus removed our sins! We are under the "Grace of God" of the New Testament. That is not to say that the Old Testament is null and void, but Jesus teaches about forgiveness, and the only one who can rightfully judge anyone is God!

To error is human. What happened to giving people a second chance at life? If society to unwilling and/or unable to allow those individuals convicted of a sex offense, or any other crime for that matter, a second chance at life, then what is the purpose of sentencing law violators to anything less than "life without the possibility of parole"?I do realize that the penal system is one of, if not the largest, sources of revenue for Oklahoma, but the purpose of prison is to punish and, hopefully, rehabilitate those who have violated mandated laws.

In response to the comment made by Barbara of Tulsa suggesting that sex offenders be concentrated in "some desolate area in a tent city", the assertion is purely absurd, both sociologically and psychologically! Oftentimes, prisoners learn to become better law breakers from other prisoners. This only serves to increase, not reduce, recidivism!

Oklahoma lawmakers really need to reevaluate the sex offender residency restrictions they have enacted. The Oklahoma State Motto is "Labor omnia vincit", which is Latin for "Labor conquers all things". Perhaps, state lawmakers can collectively reach a resolution to the sex offender residency restriction issue by following the state motto of the state in which they represent? If there is a will there is a way! If state lawmakers "labor" for a reasonable resolution for all parties involved, they can "conquer (sic) all things", even the state's sex offender residency restriction issue.
Jeff

Tulsa, OK

#10 May 20, 2010
I think its ridiculous. Most of these people did their time and just want to move on with their lives and cant. Maybe if parents controlled their children and took care of them when there would be no dangers. I am a single male and no matter where i go i have to deal with kids running around with no parents around. I took my dog to the park to have lunch and hang out, a park I believe my tax dollars paid for i swear i got treated like a pedophile. Just stared at and given looks like how dare I be there without a kid.
People are automatically condeming the label sex offender but remember who are being labeled sex offenders? Its not jsut the perverts that go for the young children.
Its the 18 year old that had a birthday before his girlfriend who is 17 and its now statutory rape.
Its the Girl that got caught having sex so she concocts a story that she was raped so she doesn't look bad.
Enough is Enough

Tulsa, OK

#11 May 20, 2010
Paul wrote:
I'd be fine with this buffer zone stuff, if there were restrictions placed on the construction and placement of new parks, schools, and day-cares.
I completely agree with you! The land in West Tulsa that houses such motels/hotels as America's Value Inn, Rest Inn, etc. is annexed by the City of Sapulpa. In late 2007, a park was purposefully constructed and placed close enough to said hotels for the sole purpose of unreasonably forcing lawfully registered sex offenders from these locations. Is this not a form of punishment subsequent to their conviction(s) or, at the very least, some form of discrimination?

Since: Nov 08

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#12 May 20, 2010
Leaving out those convicted of mooning.You cannot teach a predator not to be one and the thought that its hard for them to work or whatever ..who the F cares. I think as along as it is tolerated and we make lists of offenders we will have predators. 0 tolerance, cut it off or kill them.
Law Student

Tulsa, OK

#13 May 20, 2010
Jeff wrote:
People are automatically condeming the label sex offender but remember who are being labeled sex offenders? Its not just the perverts that go for the young children.
Did you know that it is techinically illegal in the State of Oklahoma for two adults to watch any form of pornography together? It's called "Exhibiting Obscene Material" (12 O.S. 21 Section 1021(a)(3)). Perhaps, people should become more away of the law because, as the saying goes, "Ignorance is no excuse to the law."
Darvon

Hominy, OK

#14 May 20, 2010
Sounds like a good way to put Alcatraz to use again.
Send them all there and have them incinerate each other when they die slowly of starvation.
Parent

Tulsa, OK

#15 May 20, 2010
Once again, it is NOT the responsiblity of LAW ENFORCEMENT to protect our children it is OUR responsiblity!!! It is their job to protect us but why do we constantly say that THEY (police) are not doing enough to protect us! PARENTS, wake up and realize that we live in a society to where you cannot leave YOUR children unattended! It's sad but it's LIFE! It is OUR jobs to inform but not SCARE our children into lifes dangers!
RealUpstream

Tulsa, OK

#16 May 20, 2010
Who lets their child wander around alone at a motel? I don't know about everyone else but when I take my grandkids with me and we stay in a motel, they are not allowed to leave the room alone. They go together or if only one "needs" the trip to the vending machine or to make a trip back to the room from the pool, I go with them. I never depended on lawmakers to make my children safe and I'm not going to start now.
Herbert Rogers

Bixby, OK

#17 May 20, 2010
Whoa! Norman Bates exponentially mulitiplied!
RealUpstream

Tulsa, OK

#18 May 20, 2010
Barbara wrote:
The restrictions are good. Therapists are idiots...these people can not be cured. Period. Round them all up and stick them in some desolate area in a tent city.
Yes, and let's make sure car thieves don't live near a car lot. Let's make sure arsonists can't buy lighters or have a fireplace in their house. Don't let anyone who ever had a DUI buy liquor. Sex offenders basically receive life sentences. I'm not a bleeding heart. A sexual crime is beyond dispicable but how can we enforce this? How is it legal to tell a person where they can or cannot live? If someone really is a hard core sexual predator, telling them they can't live near a park is NOT going to make them stay out of one. All this rule does is give society a false sense of security.
soonerdon

Tulsa, OK

#19 May 20, 2010
One must remember that not all sex offenders have preyed on children. You can be labeled a sex offender for many things and the laws that states have in place in most cases make these people more or less homeless.

I agree with the idea of not letting sex offenders who crimes were with children not live close, but what about the 17 year old in Georgia who had sex with his 16 year old girlfriend and they were caught by local police. Well he is now a sex offender, so does this mean he cannot live in his neighborhood?

Some of the laws need to be rewritten and this is one of them.
soonerdon

Tulsa, OK

#20 May 20, 2010
Mom wrote:
Typical, they write a story saying the restrictions are too strict and then everyone agrees. Well, when they write the story that they relaxed the rules and offenders were allowed near children then people will condemn that.
Honestly the restrictions are NOT too strict. Sex offenders don't need easy access to kids. Now I don't know what the 'politically correct' solution to this problem is, but I know what the Bible says should be done. And if people actually followed the Bible we would not be having these problems and our children would be safe and the police would be freed up to deal with other issues which would save us billions in tax dollars every year.
What percentage of sex offenders have been convicted of the crime that involved children? The Bible is a great book, but you cannot push it off on everyone, and besides there are parts of the Bible that I am surprised our Attorney General has not tried to get banned. Where did Cain and Able get their wives? Remember there were only Adam and Eve on earth so something is fishy with that story.
soonerdon

Tulsa, OK

#21 May 20, 2010
Barbara wrote:
The restrictions are good. Therapists are idiots...these people can not be cured. Period. Round them all up and stick them in some desolate area in a tent city.
Do you have the degree to back up what you are saying? That is like saying that someone cannot overcome being overweight. Really dumb statement!

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