Keeping an eye on the neighborhood

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

With the advent of the Internet, it's easy to find out who is living next door- even if your neighbor is a registered sex offender. We've told you before about watchdog websites. But do people really use them?

We checked a number of so-called sex offender websites for Grayson, Bryan, and Carter Counties, and found 74 offenders in Sherman, 70 in Dension, and 37 in Durant.

County officials in charge of registries say the databases are constantly maintained, but it's also up to the offenders themselves to give an accurate report of where they live.

You can find a list of local offenders on county and city websites. We showed people on the street a map of where offenders live in Sherman.

Many people were shocked to see how the number of criminals in their area.

"That's sort of shocking. There's a bunch of them, a lot more than I would've thought."

"I’m really shocked, I really am. I knew there were some, but I didn't know there were that many in this area."

"I have a lot of females in my family, they don't need to be around these people."

We talked to officials from sheriff's offices and police departments all around Texoma who say they are vigilant about maintaining records of convicted offenders.

Catherine Craig, Grayson County investigator, says offenders must update their information with her at least once a year and more often if the person has a lot of offenses.

Still, she says investigators can't be everywhere at once and really need the public's help.

"This is very important, and if any time anybody in the public has any information, then feel free to call us, and let us know, because the public is also our eyes and ears of crimes of all sorts."

Officials say they keep the public as safe as possible by publishing offender information on city and county websites and by performing random checks of offender residences. They say offender websites are a great way to get to know the people in your neighborhood.

Check the links below for more information:

Carter Co. Sex Offender List
-gives you a physical description, DOB, address and risk level

Durant sex offender list

Texas Department of Public Safety sex offenders search

(Sherman and Denison webpages take you here to search. You can also search statewide.)

Grayson County sex offender page

Oklahoma state sex offender page

Family Watchdog National website

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  • by katelyn Location: kalkaska on Jan 10, 2008 at 03:30 PM
    i approve
  • by steve Location: pottsboro on Dec 20, 2007 at 03:43 PM
    Websites are a false sense of security. They don't protect anyone from sexual abuse. The rate that people re offend are very low according to federal statistics. There are new offenders everyday that are much higher in numbers then those already convicted.If Texas wants to rid of their offenders they should just let them move out of state with out any reporting and I'm sure you will see many leave. Its a nimby so who cares where they go but they got to live somewhere.
  • by Frank on Dec 19, 2007 at 10:45 AM
    I have used these websites and noticed we have several concentrated around the old Washigton School site, St. Mary's School, and the Crutchfield area. I realize we all need palses to live but within blocks of a school? Many of the offenders were pedophiles of children under ten. I would like harsher laws so that these people will do more time, less probation and further away from our neighborhood school and bus stops.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tx. on Dec 19, 2007 at 09:14 AM
    My comment is.You call and tell the police that there is 2 sex offenders living together in a house hold with a child. believe it are not, they are child sex offenders. It is a woman and a man. The man is 23 and the woman is 33 and they live a block away from the school and they don't care what do you do. this is in the old perrin field area.It is not even on the map. because on the map,It says there is no sex offenders in that area.What about the child that lives there.The lady just got out of prison. There is alot of kids that live there also. CONCERNED PARENT.....
  • by any mouse Location: tx on Dec 19, 2007 at 04:05 AM
    there is one statement in the article about the number of criminals in the area, this is texas isn't it. texas publishes in print and on tv & net that 3 of every 4 persons in texas are currently in prison, have been in prison, or will be in prison. that leaves 1 of every 4 persons in the state to have not be a criminal ! where do those ones think th 3s live,get medical care, education nd employment ? maybe they don't think,
  • by David Location: Healdton, Ok. on Dec 19, 2007 at 03:48 AM
    I would like to know where the sex offenders are located in my city, and also, how far are they allowed to live beside a school or even another child's home. Thanks for you input.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2007 at 07:19 PM
    The problem with these websites is that they give a false sense of security. Sure, the website shows that there are no offenders within a couple miles of me... but that's only the offenders who have been CAUGHT and charged/convicted of a crime. What about all the predators out there who haven't been caught yet? They're just as dangerous (if not more!)
  • by Lolitta Location: Sherman on Dec 18, 2007 at 06:46 PM
    Howe will get their share now with a halfway house coming soon to a neighborhood near you!
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