Registered sex offender seeking exemption from new law about where he can live

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NORMAN, Okla. – A registered sex offender is petitioning the City of Norman and a local homeowner's association, asking to stay in a neighborhood.

After being released from prison in May, 29-year-old Dustin Graham moved to a home in Carrington Place.

Now, he is being told that he can no longer live there because of a change in the law.

"In November of 2015, the state law that sets the restrictions where sex offenders can reside as their primary residency changed,” Brent Barbour, with the Norman Police Department, said.

Previously, the law restricted sex offenders from living within a certain distance of city parks, schools and registered daycares.

The new law adds homeowner's association parks to the list, which is something that Carrington Place has in the heart of the neighborhood.

"I believe that he had reached out to the department originally and we approved his area because it was not within the restricted areas, according to our maps. But now with our HOA park being right down the street from them, it is not within that area,” Barbour said.

In a petition filed by Graham's wife and mother-in-law, they say when Graham purchased the home, it was approved by police and his probation officer.

Neighbors say they were concerned when they learned a convicted sex offender was living nearby.

"I got several texts about it, his mug shot, what he was charged for, what his address was, people were very concerned,” Lisa Dionisio said. "The amount of kids on our street alone, there are 24 children that live on one street,”

Graham was sentenced to five years in prison for filming several women while they were going to the bathroom.

In July, a Cleveland County district judge will determine whether Graham can live in Carrington Place.

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