To the outrage of many, a Bristol, Oklahoma, man is living next door to the step-niece he sexually assaulted 13 years earlier.
In 2005, Harold English pleaded guilty to molesting Danyelle Dyer when she was just 7 years old. Now, the convicted sex offender is out of prison and living with Dyer’s grandmother—approximately 100 yards from the woman he victimized.
“He’s like right there, practically in my backyard and that kind of makes me nervous and not want to go home ever,” Dyer, now 21, told KFOR.
“And not only does it scare me for my well being now, but it brings back a lot of things that happened in the past.”
A mere fence separates Dyer and English. Despite how unsettling the predicament is, it’s completely legal. While state law bars sex offenders from going to places where children gather, LawNewz pointed out that there’s no law on the books prohibiting English from living near his victim.
English told KFOR that he is sorry for what he has done and that he would never commit such an egregious act again.
He also claimed he informed the sheriff’s office of his new address. Betty Dyer, Engish’s mother, said that her son is temporarily living with her.
Their comments hardly comfort Dyer and her family.
Dyer first wrote a Facebook post to inform the public of her new neighbor. Now, she and her family are urging state legislators to reform sex-offender laws.
“That’s just my hope,” she said. “Is that I become a role model and a positive change for Oklahoma to help other victims of sexual assault.”
[Featured Image: Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry]