An Oklahoma woman has spoken out after the man who molested her when she was just 7-years-old moved in right next door, according to Inside Edition.
Current law dictates that it is completely legal for convicted child abuser Harold English to make this move. Danyelle Dyer, now 21, wants that law changed.
“At first I thought, obviously, this can’t be legal and he’s going to move,” she said. “I wasn’t even worried in the beginning. Then the DA called and said legally, they can’t force him to move.”
Dyer called Oklahoma Representative Kyle Hilbert and the Republican lawmaker decided to do whatever he could in order to help.
“Immediately, I decided I have to do whatever I can to help,” Hilbert said. “Every time she comes home she has to be reminded of what happened. That individual is living next door.”
“It seems like common sense to me… make a simple addition to the law that sex offenders cannot live within so many feet of a day care, within so many feet of a school, and just add ‘within so many feet of their victims.'”
However, a new law cannot be put on the books until February, when the state’s legislative session begins. That’s a long time to be living next to the man who sexually abused you. In the meantime, Hilbert is looking for a workaround. This includes the possibility of obtaining a protective order against English.
“This is my home,” Dyer told reporters. “Bristol’s a very small town, and there’s no room for him here.”
The family has also organized a number of peaceful protests in the hopes that it will force the sex offender to move out.
In 2005, Harold English pleaded guilty to molesting the innocent 7-year-old, his niece, according to Crime Online. He spent 13 years behind bars and, upon his release, moved in with Dyer’s grandmother, who also happens to be her next door neighbor.
“He’s like right there, practically in my backyard and that kind of makes me nervous and not want to go home ever,” she said.
Incidentally, only Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia have laws that restrict sex offenders from living within a certain distance of their victims.
[Featured Image: Facebook/Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry]