ADA—The Ada Police department has released an area map designating where registered sexual offenders are not allowed to reside within the city limits of Ada.

Ada Police Detective Shane Jones said 20 sex offenders currently reside within these boundaries.

“Some may not know they’re not supposed to be living within this area,” Jones said. “We will be mailing out certified letters to offenders letting them know they have 30 days to relocate or be arrested. “We are actively working to keep sex offenders from residing within these boundaries,” Jones said.

According to the Sex Offenders Registration Act, it is illegal for any person registered as a sexual offender to reside, either temporarily or permanently, within two-thousand foot radius of any public or private school site, educational institution, playground or park that is zoned by city, county, state, federal or tribal government, or licensed child care center as defined by the Department of Human Services.

If a daycare center or park is established in the vicinity where a registered sex offender already resides, the offender will not have to relocate. Any sex offender intentionally moving into any neighborhood or to any real estate or home within the prohibited distance will, if convicted, be guilty of a felony. If convicted, the offender could be fined up to 3,000 dollars and serve one to three years in prison. Other cities and towns in Pontotoc County are currently in the process of letting sex offenders know when they must relocate.

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