Supreme Court Decision Could Knock Thousands Of Sex Offenders Off Oklahoma Registry


Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 10:59 pm
By: News 9


There's a fear thousands of sex offenders could drop off the Oklahoma registry and go unchecked.

Some have been convicted of rape and child molestation, but want the state Supreme Court to give them a fresh start.

Right now the state Supreme Court is looking at two specific cases and whatever the high court decides will set a precedent for all level three sex offenders statewide, including one local man whose daughter is pushing the court to look at individuals on a case by case basis.

Rodger Dale Stevens molested his daughter, Elizabeth Reece, for years. He served four years in prison and six years of probation. Now he wants off the statewide sex offenders registry.

"I think he's registered under a P.O. Box right now which gives you no indication where he lives and that's disturbing," Reece said.  

Stevens' lawyer, David Slane, defends hundreds of accused sex offenders.

"He's representing more than 400 sex offenders, from what I know, off the list. Not just indecent exposure like he markets, there is second-degree rape," Reece said.  

Reece says Slane is profiting from her misfortune.

"I'm not making any money off of anybody's demise. I'm a lawyer. People pay me to do my job and my job is a legal process. [Reece] could also say that the police are making a living off of crime," Slane responded.

Now their debate will be settled by the high court. Reece is encouraging people to write their legislator to perhaps influence the court's decision. No word on when the ruling will come down, but it will affect thousands of people either way.

Right now the state supreme court is looking at two specific cases.

Read more about Christopher Luster appeal information.

Read more about James Starkey appeal information.

You can visit Reece's website at www.Silentwound.com