Man challenges sex offender law

Saturday, February 4th 2006, 2:54 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A sex offender is challenging an Oklahoma law that could force him out of the house where he has lived for nearly a year.

The Oklahoma City man identified as John Doe in court papers says a law that prevents sex offenders from living close to a school is unconstitutional.

A lawsuit filed on January 23rd in Oklahoma City federal court alleges the man was notified in November that he must leave his home even though Oklahoma City police signed off on the purchase more than nine months earlier.

The lawsuit field by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma names Oklahoma County District Attorney Wes Lane and Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty.

Currently, the prosecutors have agreed not to move forward with actions that could force the man from his home.

U-S District Judge Joe Heaton has scheduled a February 16th hearing on the constitutionality of the housing restriction for sex offenders.