The Norman Transcript

April 9, 2014

Crime briefs

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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.

The legislation was approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives by an 88-4 vote on March 5. The state Senate voted in favor of the bill unanimously, 45-0, on March 31. Gov. Mary Fallin signed the law Monday.

Bill requiring updated photos of offenders becomes law

A bill requiring current photos of registered sex offenders in the state has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Senate Bill 1444, by Sen. David Holt and Rep. Elise Hall, will provide for updated photographs for Oklahoma’s online sex offender registry.

Under the provisions of SB 1444, when sex offenders check in with local law enforcement, which they are already required to do, their photo must be updated if it is more than a year old.

“Some sex offenders can remain on the sex offender registry for life, but there was no provision in law for their photo to be updated,” said Holt, R-Oklahoma City. “A constituent, Chantal Morris, brought this issue to my attention, and we introduced legislation to correct the problem.

“This is extremely important because the photograph is a key element of the registry. It is far less useful to the public if the offenders on it cannot be identified. Oklahoma families will be safer as a result of this legislation.”

SB 1444 received bipartisan approval in both chambers, with senators voting 45-0 for the legislation and the House approving the bill 90-1.

“The primary way that someone is going to identify a sex offender is by their appearance,” said Hall, R-Oklahoma City. “This legislation ensures that the information on the registry has a recent photo so that there is no way for sex offenders to hide from the public.”

SB 1444 will become effective Nov. 1.

— Transcript Staff

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