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Oklahoma Senate passes bill to close sex offender loophole

(KOKH/FILE)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma lawmakers have approved a bill to close a legal loophole that allows sex offenders to live near their victims.

Senate Bill 1221 passed unanimously Monday and would prohibit an offender from loitering within 1,000 feet of a victim's home or living within 2,000 feet of them. A similar bill is pending in the House.

Lawmakers have championed the cause of Danyelle Dyer, who exposed the loophole when her uncle who molested her when she was seven moved in next door. The Associated Press typically doesn't identify victims of sexual abuse but did so with Dyer's permission.

Many states prohibit sex offenders from living within a certain distance of a school or day care, but the AP found last year 44 states don't specifically bar them from living near their victims.

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