Cleveland County Cracking Down On Sex Offender Registry

Tuesday, January 18th 2011, 2:35 pm
By: News 9

Gan Matthews, News 9

NORMAN, Oklahoma -- There are almost 80 convicted sex offenders living in the unincorporated areas of Cleveland County, and authorities are all checking it they are all properly registered according to law.

All law enforcement agencies are required to make compliance checks on sex offenders in their jurisdictions. Rather than wait for one of them to run afoul of the law, Sheriff Joe Lester has set up what's called the Offender Registration Enforcement program, ORE, a proactive effort to keep an eye on the sex offenders in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Tuesday morning, Corporal Jerry Farley visited two addresses in eastern Cleveland County where sex offenders are supposed to be living. That can be a daunting task in the rural parts of the county.

"Some of the residences out in the county are hard to locate just because there's not a number up in front of the residence," said Corporal Farley.

He wanted to make sure they were properly registered and their addresses were current. Sometimes these calls can be dangerous.

"Anytime we make contact with an offender or anyone, there's always the chance of something going bad. Like they say, there's no such thing as a routine traffic stop," said Farley. "It's kinda the same way here."

Only one of the two people was at home when Farley dropped by for a check. That call went smoothly.

Sheriff Lester has assigned four of his deputies to the task of compliance checks on sex offenders.