An Oklahoma judge has issued some bad news to convicted child molester Harold English after he moved in right next door to his victim, his niece Danyelle Dyer. On Thursday, Judge Richard Woolery issued a 1,000 feet protective order for the Dyer family, which means he has to vacate the premises within 10 days, as reported by Crime Watch Daily.
Current Oklahoma law prohibits sex offenders from living within a 2,000 feet radius of schools, daycare centers and parks, but it says nothing about their proximity to actual victims.
Lawmakers have said that there is nothing they can do to change this bizarre statute until February, when the state’s legislative session begins, as stated by Crime Online.
In the meantime, Judge Woolery’s workaround will do just fine for the Dyer family. English has 10 days to vacate his mother’s home and 21-year-old Danyelle Dyer will no longer have a daily reminder of the abuse she once suffered at the hands of her uncle.
However, Oklahoma lawmakers have pledged to make it easier for assault victims to avoid this situation in the future, according to a statement.
“We applaud Judge Woolery for taking the steps necessary to protect the victim and her family. While we are grateful that this specific situation has been resolved, we remain committed to fixing this loophole in the law next spring. It is unacceptable that a sex offender could move in next door to the victim, and furthermore, a victim should not have to go through the trouble of hiring an attorney to prevent this- it should simply be the law.”
English molested Dyer when she was just 7-years-old and spent 13 years behind bars. Now that she is 21, and he is out of prison, he moved next door, into the home of his mother, Betty Dyer, according to Crime Online.
The 21-year-old has commented on this traumatic scenario, showing strength and resolve.
“This is my home,” Dyer told reporters. “Bristol’s a very small town, and there’s no room for him here.”
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