NORMAN — After a Lexington resident called several media outlets Wednesday, the Lexington Police Department announced Thursday that a registered sex offender may no longer live in their community.
Lexington resident Karen Adkisson, the woman who called for a change, said Wednesday that the registered sex offender, 28-year-old Nicholas Chambers, lived within a stone’s throw of the school and a church and close to the park.
“We don’t think he’s hurting anyone, but the laws apply to everyone,” Adkisson said.
When Adkisson contacted the Department of Corrections, she was told sex offenders cannot live within 2,000 feet of a school zone. Local police were allowing Chambers to live there for reasons unknown, she said.
“I’m not judging the guy, but rules are rules,” Adkisson said. “He’s got to go. He can find somewhere else to live.”
Chambers is listed on the Oklahoma Department of Corrections sex offender registry as a Level One offender. He was convicted of three counts of indecent exposure in November 2006. Records show his end of registration date is Oct. 9, 2023.
Records also show that he was charged with failure to register as a sex offender in McClain County in February 2011.
Lexington Chief of Police Deana Allen said Wednesday that when she was notified that Chambers was a registered sex offender living near the school in July, she called DOC to find out more.
Apparently someone at DOC said because it was not his residence, he was the lowest-level sex offender and he was taking care of elderly parents, she couldn’t make him leave.
“We are such a small community, any time a sex offender wants to live here, they’re turned away,” Allen said. “Anywhere you live is close to schools and parks, which is a good thing for us, except there seems to be this one loophole.”
Allen found out Thursday that there was no loophole. After calling the DOC’s sex offender registry again, she said she was told incorrect information because the person who gave her the initial information was a new employee.
“She wasn’t clear on what the rules and regulations were,” Allen said. “He didn’t fit the criteria because he didn’t own the home (when he committed the crime).”
Allen said they have taken care of the situation and “he is essentially gone now.”
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