Tulsa's population of sexual predators
Friday, September 10th 2004, 4:38 pm
By: News On 6
Around 10 new sex offenders move to Tulsa each month, that's 120 a year, to add to the 500 sex offenders already registered here.
When they get out of prison, they often return to the city where the crime happened, so what can police and parents do to make sure new crimes aren't committed? News on 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright investigates.
News on 6 found records that show Bobby Harden was charged with rape, attempted sodomy and lewd molestation. In a plea bargain, he was convicted for the molestation and went to prison. He got out on August 24th and moved to Tulsa.
Records show Bill Clawson was arrested for lewd molestation and indecent exposure but in a plea deal, was convicted for the exposure. It was his first offense, he went to prison and got out August 17th and came to Tulsa.
Djuan Jackson was charged with rape but in a plea deal was convicted for assault. He got out of prison on August 25th and is living in Tulsa.
And Scott Brackett was convicted for three separate cases of indecent exposure in Tulsa and was recently released back to Tulsa after his time behind bars.
These are just a sample of the sex offenders that move into Tulsa neighborhoods each month. Tulsa Police Cpl Mark Mears, Sex Crimes Unit: "Some are, I won't say reformed, but, we never hear from them again. But, others, we do. I guess that short answer for that is there's a reason they have to register as sex offenders."
Police say parents should teach kids to never open the door to strangers and have them walk to and from school in groups. Families need a code word so a child knows not to go with anyone who doesn't know the word, no matter what the story.
Kids need to know sex offenders use candy, money and pets to lure them and their response should be run, scream, call police. "No matter which method you feel most comfortable with, what's most important is that you talk to your kids and develop a plan before anything bad happens.â€
Tulsa Police check every week to make sure registered sex offenders are living where they say they are. To see how many sex offenders live in your neighborhood click on www.tulsapolice.org for more information.