Daycare center upset about sex offender neighbor

LAWTON-- He's a registered sex offender who's breaking the law.  But for now, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and Lawton Police Department say it's okay.  An east Lawton daycare center called 7NEWS after they learned a man convicted of molesting a child had moved in right across the street from them.  That's illegal under state law.  Perry Patterson is not allowed to live within 2,000 feet of schools, daycare centers, or parks.  But, he is and the daycare center can't believe law enforcement isn't doing anything about it.

Police say Patterson's parents live across the street and that's the only place he has to stay. LPD and DOC have given him 30 days to find a new, legal, place to live. The director and parents whose kids stay at the daycare center say that's too long. They want him gone now.

According to a court affidavit, Perry Patterson molested a 9-year old girl in Cleveland County back in 2001. That's exactly why Shelly Quisenberry is worried about him living just feet from her center. "What's to say he's not sitting there looking at other kids. It's just a big concern of ours plus, the parents."

"I have a daughter who's in a room with a big window facing that house and they change her diaper in that room and she could be sitting there naked laying on the table while she's being changed.  It's a dirty thought," said parent Doris Biegler.

Lawton Police recently arrested Perry Patterson for failing to register as a sex offender. When he got out, he was stuck without a place to go.

"It's not like we can put him here or put him there. They way the law is written, there are not many places where you can live in Lawton," said LPD Chief Ronnie Smith.

So police, and the Department of Corrections said he can stay with his parents for up to 30 days until he can find a place.

"He's just there temporarily.  He's been told that.  He can't sleep out on the street.  It's too cold at night.  Weather won't permit it.  What if we put him out there and he died from exposure? What do we do then?", said Chief Smith.

But, Quisenberry says there should have been other options. "There's hotels on Cache Road. He might have other relatives to live with. There's other places he can live. He needs to move away from daycare centers and schools."

Right now Patterson is living close to several schools.  However, we checked and he is outside the 2,000-foot buffer zone.  DOC says for now, it would rather have Patterson live with his parents so they can keep track of him.  Also, we've learned some sex offenders are challenging the state's new law because it leaves them with virtually no place to live except rural areas.