OKLAHOMA CITY — Motels along a stretch of I-35 in Oklahoma City are convenient, cheap and in many cases, housing sex offenders.
You don’t have to look far down on the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry before finding violators who list some of those motels as home.
“I think it’s the result of them passes is restricting where they can live. They’re literally making them go underground,” attorney David Slane said.
He said legislators have unfairly forced sex offenders to find homes in motels.
But many Oklahoma parents who may stay at these establishments with their children believe they should be forewarned from the beginning.
“The motel should let you know if there is a sex offender staying there at the time you are there with your children,” one parent said.
“I want to know where all the sex offenders are all the time. In their neighborhood, a motel or wherever they live,” another said.
One motel owner we spoke with did not want to be identified but said he has no idea if a guest has a criminal past or not.
“When they come in and get a room, they pay like everyone else. We don’t know if they are a sex offender or not,” he said.
He did say when they have a suspicion about a person, they check their background and pay closer attention to them while they’re on premises.
We spoke to the owner of another facility by phone; he said he knows about several sex offenders living at his location now but he said he won’t discriminate.
Slans said, “I don’t think sex offenders have to tell anybody that they are on the sex offender list and I don’t think the hotels have an obligation to tell anybody anything.”
Legally, they aren’t required to inform anyone.