So, why aren't people contacting police if an offender is not living where they should? Why are they contacting the media instead? Notice the media ASSUMES he is living there, without any proof. Yep, typical disinformation and vigilantism.
By Janna Clark
Sex offenders are supposed to register the address where they live. The idea is – if there’s a sex offender in your neighborhood – at least you know about it. But you may still have no idea there’s a sex offender right next door… because they register one address - but really live somewhere else.
FOX23's Janna Clark went to a Bixby neighborhood where parents say a sex offender is living, in proximity too close to children.
- In typical media vigilantism style, but without the pitch forks!
Buddy Atkinson, his wife Michelle, and their two teenage daughters – Shelby and Amanda – only walk their dogs when they’re all together… and only clutching a can of wasp spray.
But it’s not to get the wasps.
"We have a sex offender that lives next door," Buddy’s talking about 32-year-old _____. On his rap sheet - first-degree rape, lewd acts to a child, and indecent exposure. He’s been out of prison since 2007.
And neighbors here in Bixby say the three-time convicted sex offender is living here at his grandmother’s house… right next door to Buddy and his family.
Buddy says most of the time his family stays inside the house.
- Peeking through the blinds? Now that is funny!
They want _____ gone. They say he’s not supposed to live here. He isn’t registered here.
He’s actually registered at this apartment in East Tulsa. Janna knocked on the door, but no one answered.
She talked to a next-door neighbor who recognized _____’s picture. But he says in the last couple months he’s only seen _____ a couple of times.
- So it appears, from these statements, that he is not actually living there, but visiting, there is a big difference.
"Would you say he lives here or doesn’t?"
"I’d say doesn’t," says the neighbor.
Back in Bixby, Buddy says he and his neighbors have called police to try to get rid of _____..
"We've tried everything and the simple fact is he has more rights than us."
- Yeah, right! So is he actually living there or not? If he is not, but is just visiting, then he has every right to do so, and that is probably why nobody has done anything.
Buddy even got a surveillance camera
"I don’t trust the man. I need something to help keep an eye on him."
He hopes to prove _____ lives at the Bixby address.
"If I could afford to hire a PI I’d do that and have him followed."
Buddy says _____ stays under the radar… and hides his pickup in his grandma’s garage. Buddy catches it on tape.
- So if this is true, then where is the taped evidence?
"She can move her car and then move his truck out. Part of the time he hides and part of the time it’s a game to him. He’s either in his vehicle staring at us or he’s looking at us through the mini-blinds."
When Janna knocked on the door, a woman answered.
"I’m looking for _____." 'He doesn’t live here.'
"Neighbors have some concerns about him living here." 'I have nothing to say.'
- Then contact the police and let the police do their job, stop being vigilantes!
I called a U.S. Marshal who checks up on registered sex offenders.
Will Kinnebrew says U.S. Marshals checked on _____ at his registered address in Tulsa a month ago, and _____ was there – and not too happy that our camera was there too.
He says sheriff’s deputies checked on _____ as well, and he was there again.
Kinnebrew sympathizes with the Bixby neighbors… but says when authorities do random checks and the sex offenders are where they’re supposed to be.. there’s not much else authorities can do.
Meanwhile, Buddy says he feels like a prisoner trapped in his own home.
- That is because you are letting fear get to you. Go talk with the man, live your life!
"I’m just trying to live my life like anybody else is. Bixby's a great little town. It’s unfortunate we got what we got next door."
Authorities tell me they have asked _____ about staying at this home in Bixby. He says he only comes here to visit. And when asked about hiding his truck in the garage, he said he only did that after someone scratched the word “rapist” on his truck.
- And if he is only visiting, then what business is it of anyone, what he does or doesn't do? Get a life folks!