Sex offender accused of molesting friend’s toddler

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OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma sex offender has been arrested and is now facing new accusations of molesting a 3-year-old child. 

Twenty-one-year-old Jamie Owens was arrested Sunday night for failing to register as a sex offender and for living too close to a school.

Court records show Owens pleaded guilty in 2006, as a juvenile, to charges of lewd molestation.

Now, she's facing new accusations.

The mother of the toddler tells us she is still in shock.

She considered Owens a friend and never thought her children would be in danger. 

Alecia, the mother of the 3-year-old girl, said, "I was here the whole time. I didn't leave her with my kids. I didn't leave my kids here."

Alecia, whose identity we are protecting, said she was trying to help a friend.

It was a kind act that has now turned into a police investigation.

Alecia said, "I didn't know she was a registered sex offender."

Alecia said she's known Jamie Owens for about two years.

Last Friday Owens came to Alecia's home needing a place to stay and Alecia let her in.

Sunday, about 48 hours after Owens arrived, Alecia's 3-year-old daughter came to her with a shocking allegation. 

Alecia said, "She said, 'I'm hurting,' and she kept pointing down there."

Alecia checked her daughter and found what she said were disturbing signs; she immediately called police.

Alecia said, "She said, 'Yes, JJ did no, no.'"

JJ is what her daughter called Owens.

Oklahoma City Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said, "It appeared something had happened with the child and this person was living within violation of the law."

Owens was arrested, not for the accusations, rather for failing to register as an offender at that address and for living too close to a school.

The apartment complex is right next door to the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.

Police said the current allegations are still under investigation.

Alecia said she met Owens at church and thought she had taken the right steps to protect her children.

Alecia said, "I tried to be really cautious."

Capt. Nelson said, "It doesn't matter where you meet someone, whether it's in church or on the street, you need to be careful as to who you put around your kids, who you let in your home."

Alecia said when police were there, they showed her Owens' license and said she had apparently scraped off the sex offender marking on her ID.

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