Child Molester Moves Next Door to His Victim -- & the Law Is on His Side

Danyelle Dyer
KFOR

Laws are set in place to help protect people and keep them safe. But when said laws have loopholes -- like allowing a child molester to live next door to his victim -- moms and dads must rally together to make sure this kind of f*ckery NEVER happens again. Though Danyelle Dyer must call her uncle, the very predator who abused her when she was a child, her neighbor, this young woman has found her voice and is ready for a fight.

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Now 21, Dyer tells KFOR News her step-uncle, Harold English, was released from prison on June 13 and moved in with his mother (Danyelle's grandmother), which just so happens to be next door to Dyer's home. Since English was convicted back in 2004 for sexually abusing Danyelle when she was 7, it's beyond appalling for an abuse survivor to have to share a street with her molester -- let alone live next door to him.

"He's like right there, practically in my backyard, and that kind of makes me nervous and not want to go home ever," Dryer tells KFOR.

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Since her uncle's release from prison, Danyelle has taken to social media to speak out about the atrocity of having her uncle live next door to her and has shared his Oklahoma Sex Offender registry page as a warning for others in her neighborhood.

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"Meet my abuser and my new neighbor," Dryer writes in her Facebook post. "He has been asked to leave but in Oklahoma he can legally reside there [next door]."

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Larina Dyer, Danyelle's mom, also took to Facebook to share an open letter written by her husband, expressing their disgust at what's happening to Danyelle.

"14 years ago, Harold Dwayne English -- [who] will henceforth be referred to as 'child molester' -- molested my then 7 year old daughter," Greg Dryer, Danyelle's father, writes. He continues:

"He has served a lengthy prison sentence and to the State of Oklahoma paid his debt to society. However Child Molester has permanantly lost his right to my daughter and this family .... This has never been Child Molester's address of record other than when he was released from prison. By being allowed to live on the adjoining property to mine the State of Oklahoma is allowing Child Molester to continue his manipulation and power over my daughter and family."

As People reports, only five states have laws in place limiting how close sex offenders can live next to their victims (yes, only five!). And, obviously, Oklahoma is not one of those states. While Oklahoma law does prevent predators from getting within 1,000 feet of common areas children frequent, like schools and playgrounds, nothing seems to be in place to prevent sex offenders from actually residing near the very people they preyed upon -- and that's a big problem.

"In this area, 1,000 feet could actually still be your closest neighbor," Oklahoma Representative Kyle Hilbert, who's working with the Dyer family, tells People. "I want to introduce language that goes further than that. Such a burden should not be placed on the victim."

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While Danyelle and her family continue to advocate for changes to Oklahoma laws, the young woman says she feels empowered to shine a light on such a dark issue now more than ever.

 "... I feel like I'm making a difference," the 21-year-old tells KFOR. "Whether it helps one woman and I can help one woman then I'm completely happy with that."

Given that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys experience child sexual abuse, we need better legislation to help prevent kids -- regardless of their age -- from being in Danyelle's situation. 

"No victim should have to relive the trauma they were put through and be continually reminded that they are helpless in the situation because the law is not on their side," she writes in a new Facebook post. "No victim of any crime should feel unsafe and uncomfortable in their own home at the hands of their offender."

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