Finding out whether a convicted sex offender is living in your neighborhood is now much easier under the Sex Offenders Registration Act. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections maintains an online database of offenders. Here's how to access it.
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- Simply click on or bookmark the following web address: Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry.
That homepage gives you a few important pieces of information about the database such as:
- The registry applies to anyone residing, working, or attending school within the state.
- It includes anyone who's been convicted or received any probation for a sex crime in the state after Nov. 1, 1989 or has entered the state after that date, having previously been convicted or received probation for a sex crime.
- Once on the page, you can essentially search by any piece of information including name and address, or you can browse by city.
- Keep in mind a couple of terms.
Habitual and aggravated offenders must register for this database for life. Other sex offenders are in the database for a period of 10 years following the end of their sentence.
- Habitual: These offenders have been convicted of 2 or more offenses.
- Aggravated: These offenders were convicted of the most serious sex offenses.
- Once you have received a list of offenders matching your search, you have the option of clicking on a particular offender's name. When doing so, you'll bring up a screen with detailed information on that individual that includes address, physical description, conviction offense, any known aliases and date of registry.
- From there, you can even click on the conviction offense to go to a screen giving the full details of that offense. You are also given the option of viewing the offender's entire rap sheet or posting a note about that individual.
- In addition to this registry, you may contact your local police of sheriff's department about any recent information on sex offenders in your area.
- The registry is updated daily, however the information is provided by the offender. Therefore, the state can't guarantee the accuracy at all times.
- Habitual and Aggravated offenders must verify their information every 90 days while others must do so every year.
- This information should not ever be used for retaliation. To do so will result in arrest and prosecution.