Sex offender moves in next door to victim

Sex offender moves in next door to victim
Posted at 12:11 PM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 08:59:42-04

BRISTOW, OK (KFOR/CNN) -  A man convicted of molesting an Oklahoma woman when she was a child is now out of prison, and he moved in right next door to her.

Harold English was convicted of molesting his niece Danyelle Dyer when she was a 7-year-old girl, and now he lives yards away.

"He's like right there, practically in my backyard and that kind of makes me nervous, and not want to go home ever," said victim Danyelle Dyer.


Danyelle Dyer and her family said when her uncle recently got out of prison, he moved in with his mother, whose property is just over the fence.

A man they say has no right to be there.

"When you have to see it, I can only imagine what it does to my daughter when she's there and she has to witness it. And - she shouldn't have to,” Danyelle’s mother Lauria Dyer said. “It's very heartbreaking."

The situation is hard for mom to talk about and even harder for her dad.

"Not only is my daughter feeling her past come back to haunt her, but a lot of years of rage and anger that I've kept under my collar is sitting right outside my door,” Greg Dyer said.

What's hardest for Danyelle’s parents is what it does to their daughter.

"She's had to bring her deepest, darkest secrets out for the public to view, just to try to rid this person of her life," Greg Dyer said.

Discussing her secret and what happened to her is exactly what Danyelle did. She posted about her new neighbor on Facebook along with his sex offender registry with the words "meet my abuser and my new neighbor."

She and her family want the law changed.

"It's adding one word in there of where it talks in, where they can and can't live, just adding 'victim' right in there along with schools and playgrounds," Danyelle Dyer said.

They've been talking to lawmakers, but in the meantime, Danyelle Dyer said sharing her story isn't shameful, she's even had other women reach out to her.

"It's very empowering for me because it makes me feel like I'm making a difference and I didn't share my story for nothing. That it is bringing about positive change, and whether it affects one woman and I can help one woman then I'm completely happy with that," Danyelle Dyer said.

A local television news crew stopped by Danyelle's grandmother's house to see if she or Harold English would comment, but her grandmother told them to get off her property.

State Rep. Kyle Hilbert says he is working with the family and lawmakers. He hopes to get a law on the books during the next session to help prevent this from happening to someone else.

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