LETTER – bill closes Megan’s Law “loophole;” prohibits sex offenders from living near victims

Assemblyman Ron Dancer will introduce legislation prohibiting convicted sex offenders from residing within 1,000 feet of a victim’s home or workplace

“Now that the public has access to the whereabouts of these heinous criminals, we have to ensure they keep their distance from their victims,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “Their psychological scars can last a lifetime. They don’t need the added trauma of having their attacker living next door.”

Dancer said the measure is in response to a recent case in Oklahoma where a convicted sex offender who molested his niece moved next door to his victim several years after he went to prison. Other states that have amended laws specifing how far sex offenders must reside from their victims include: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee and West Virginia. Oklahoma lawmakers have now drafted similar legislation.

Dancer’s bill calls for a maximum 18-month prison term, a fine of up to $10,000, or both for violators.