Survey finds support for opening juvenile records

Wednesday, October 18th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Tulsa-AP) -- A survey of 750 Oklahomans indicates many favor opening the criminal records of juveniles.

The poll by Consumer Logic for the Tulsa World found that 84 percent say a juvenile's criminal records should be opened once the person is charged as an adult with a violent crime. Another 65 percent say the records should be opened if a juvenile commits a crime that would be a felony for an adult Fifty-seven percent favor opening the juvenile's record when the juvenile is certified in court as an adult.

The poll has a margin of error or plus or minus three-and-a-half percent.

An Oilton woman wants juvenile sex offenders included in a state law that alerts the public to adult sex offenders.

Rhonda Blevins' seven-year-old daughter was allegedly killed by 19-year old Robert Rotramel, who was convicted as a juvenile of forcible sodomy. Rotramel's records were released after he was charged with killing Kristi Blevins and raping a 12-year-old girl.