Stillwater News Press

July 3, 2013

Ruling may remove hundreds of names from sex offender registry.


Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — The names of hundreds of convicted sex offenders could be removed from Oklahoma’s Sex Offender Registry due to a recent state Supreme Court ruling, a Department of Corrections official said Tuesday.

Spokesman Jerry Massie said there are more than 7,000 offenders on the state’s Sex Offender Registry that provides public information about people who are convicted of a variety of sex-related offenses who live in the state.

A preliminary assessment by corrections officials indicates thousands of them could be affected by a June 25 Supreme Court decision that deemed it unconstitutional for the state to retroactively apply amendments to registration requirements that increase the time an offender must remain on the registry, Massie said.

Although there is no estimate on how many offenders may eventually be dropped from the registry, Massie said the number could be in the hundreds.

“Maybe more,” he said. He said it will “take a while,” for corrections officials to research the cases of each offender to determine if they are eligible to be dropped.

“It may or may not be a fairly simple process,” Massie said. “You may be dealing with people who have multiple convictions.”