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Sex Offenders Flood Wyoming


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Sandy
- 2759 days ago - suntimes.com
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming, with its crisp, clear vistas, is starting to worry it has made itself too attractive in one respect: Convicted sex offenders from out of state are moving in. ''We don't want to become the playground for sex offenders,'' Attorney



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Sandy K. (1)
Sunday February 25, 2007, 5:07 pm
Sex offenders flood Wyoming
'They can live right next to a school'

February 21, 2007
BY KATHLEEN MILLER
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming, with its crisp, clear vistas, is starting to worry it has made itself too attractive in one respect: Convicted sex offenders from out of state are moving in.
''We don't want to become the playground for sex offenders,'' Attorney General Pat Crank said.

Wyoming is home to about 1,200 known sex offenders. Officials are worried because 56 percent of those offenders moved to Wyoming after being convicted somewhere else.

Afraid that the word is out among ex-convicts that Wyoming has some of the nation's loosest restrictions on sex offenders, state legislators are rushing to tighten the laws.

''We're going to make it so there's no place for them to hide,'' vowed Republican Rep. Ed Buchanan.

While other states often prohibit sex offenders from living near schools or day care centers, Wyoming has no such laws.

''They can live right next to a school if they want to,'' said Laramie County sheriff's Sgt. Linda Gesell.


Sex with 15-year-old
Gary Smith, a 29-year-old cook, left Wyoming for Oklahoma after serving prison time for having sex with a 15-year-old girl. A few months later, a neighbor posted fliers in Smith's trailer park showing his criminal record. Smith and his wife quickly headed back to Wyoming. Although he is a registered sex offender here, he is not listed on public databases because authorities do not consider him a high risk. Smith is glad the state does not call attention to his conviction.
''If they ain't supposed to publish stuff about you, they don't do it,'' he said.

 
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