The Norman Transcript

Crime/Courts

April 9, 2014

Crime briefs

NORMAN — Moore man charged with rape, sodomy

A Moore man faces five felony counts after encouraging two juvenile girls to play a game of “truth or dare” with him resulting in sexual activity, Cleveland County court records show.

Danny Lee Hilton, 20, was charged Tuesday with three counts of second-degree rape and two counts of forcible oral sodomy.

During an interview with Moore police in early March, Hilton confessed to participating in the “truth or dare” game in late February with the two girls, according to the affidavit filed with the charges.

He also confessed to being involved in sexual activity with the girls, the affidavit said.

Closing sex offender loophole

A new law that will take effect Nov. 1 would close a loophole in the current sex offender registration statutes.

House Bill 3016, by Rep. Sean Roberts and Sen. AJ Griffin, will require sex offenders to register in Oklahoma if they spend 14 days in the state in a 60-day period. Current law only requires them to register if they spend seven consecutive days in the state.

Roberts said the legislation is a critical tool for law enforcement.

“Law enforcement must be able to track the movement of sex offenders,” said Roberts, R-Hominy. “This legislation addresses sex offenders that come to stay in Oklahoma on a consistent basis, but never for seven consecutive days. An example would be an offender coming to stay with someone every week but never for a full week.

“The details of this legislation may seem trivial, but current law allows sex offenders to legally hide in our communities by using this loophole. Closing the loophole means that law enforcement can take action against those who sneak into our communities without notification or registration.”

Griffin said sex offender statutes must be continually reviewed and updated.

“It is important that we continually review our laws to ensure that the public is appropriately informed and protected,” said Griffin, R-Guthrie.

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