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Comanche Nation targets sex offenders

Lawton_The Comanche Nation is creating a program to register and monitor sex offenders who life on tribal land.

Tribal Police Chief Vernon Griffin says the implementation of the sex offender registry will close a loophole where sex offenders could move to Indian land to avoid registering.  He says the Federal Adam Walsh Act gave tribes until July 2007 to opt in for participating in the registry.

Tribes like the Comanches that chose to participate have until July 2009 to create a sex offender registry that includes offender descriptions, photographs, fingerprints, criminal history and DNA samples. The program also will notify the community and create a web site to make offender information available to the public.

The department has been working on the specifics for implementation including software and operational requirements.

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