Police: Some sex offenders who say they're homeless are lying
Associated Press - January 22, 2008 1:15 AM ET
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa police say that many sex offenders who are registering as being homeless are not telling the truth.
Since November 1st, when a new sex-offender law took effect, about 20 of them have claimed to be homeless. Police think that by doing so, sex offenders could be trying to circumvent the law, which makes most of Tulsa off-limits to them.
The law prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of playgrounds, parks or child-care facilities. An earlier law restricted sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools.
Before November 1st, if a sex offender wanted to live in a restricted area but did not provide a home address, Tulsa police told the person to find an approved location at which to live and to then register.
Under the new law, police do not think they have that option.
Police Detective Tim Lawson says that sex offenders claiming to be homeless gives police another complication with which to deal, because authorities have no way of verifying that claim.
Now who would have thought that a convicted felon would lie?
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