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New bill would make it harder for Oklahoma sex offenders to change their name

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OKLAHOMA CITY – There is a lot of focus from state leaders to make sure registered sex offenders follow the law and notify authorities about where they live and when they move.

A new bill at the Oklahoma State Capitol would make it much harder for a sex offender to change their name.

The bill’s author, Sen. Kyle Loveless, says he has discovered that a number of Oklahoma sex offenders have already changed their name in order to continue to work near children.

He claims one offender in Tulsa changed his name nine times.

Loveless said, “We found another person in Lawton who was working as a bus driver who had changed his name three times. Both were registered sex offenders going under different names so they could conceal their background.”

Senate Bill 1421 now moves to the full Senate for approval.