A convicted sex offender who moved next door to the niece he molested when she was a child has been given the boot, as an Oklahoma judge issued a protective order that prohibits him from living near her.
Harold English was recently released from prison following a conviction of lewd or indecent proposals/acts to a child in 2005.
That child was Danyelle Dyer, who was 7 years old when she was molested by her uncle, she told InsideEdition.com.
“It was something terrible, something that should never have to happen to someone ever,” Dyer, 21, said in June, shortly after English had moved in with his mother, Dyer’s grandmother.
“At first I thought, obviously, this can’t be legal and he’s going to move,” she said. “I wasn’t even worried in the beginning. Then the DA called and said legally, they can’t force him to move.”
She set out to change that, calling attention to the situation on social media and in person with demonstrations outside her — and his — home in Bristow.
She and her family also appealed to Rep. Kyle Hilbert to see what could be done on a legal level.
“Immediately, I decided I have to do whatever I can to help,” Hilbert told InsideEdition.com at the time. “Every time she comes home, she has to be reminded of what happened. That individual is living next door.”
Current law prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, day care centers and parks, but there is no law dictating how far an offender must live from his or her victim.
Only Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia have laws that restrict sex offenders from living within a certain distance of their victims.
“It seems like common sense to me... make a simple addition to the law that sex offenders cannot live within so many feet of a day care, within so many feet of a school, and just add 'within so many feet of their victims,'" Dyer said.
A new law cannot be put on the books until at least February, when Oklahoma’s legislative session begins, so Hilbert looked for a solution to help at least Dyer.
That solution came Thursday, when Judge Richard Woolery issued a protective order for the Dyer family that prohibits English from coming within 1,000 feet of them.
“Great news!!” Hilbert wrote on Facebook. “While this situation should have never occurred in the first place, I am grateful for a positive outcome for the family.”
English was given 10 days to vacate the premises.