Daughter fights to keep father on sex offender registry
OKLAHOMA CITY — For years, it was tough for Liz Reece to talk about. As a child, Reece said she was sexually abused by her father.
“I live with shame and the guilt and the memories,” Reece said.
“I think it was very hard for me because I could not grasp how you could do that to your own child.”
Her father served four years in prison and is now required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Reece is now speaking out after learning that her father is fighting to have his name removed from the sex offender registry.
“I’m just asking him to register for life because I have to deal with it for life,” Reece said.
Attorney David Slane represents her father and other convicted sex offenders.
Slane said an Oklahoma law unfairly punishes some sex offenders who were convicted before 2007.
According to Slane, the law requires certain sex offenders to register for life even though that was not part of their original sentence.
“The law at the time of his case was that he was to register for 10 years,” Slane said.
Slane said he is waiting for the court to issue a final ruling on the matter.
He expects all of his clients to be removed from the registry.
“Do some of these guys probably need to be kept up with? Probably do, probably do, but that wasn’t the law at the time,” Slane said.
The Department of Corrections said it will continue to enforce the lifetime requirement.