A woman who was molested as a child by her uncle has won a measure of relief from a court in Oklahoma: Her molester must stop living next door to her. Last week, a judge ruled that Harold English, 65, cannot be within 1,000 feet of Danyelle Dyer, 21, reports KFOR. The upshot of that is that he will have to move out of his mother's home in Edmond, which just happens to be next door to Dyer's family home. English had moved in with his mom last month upon his release from prison on the 2004 molestation conviction. Dyer had no idea he had done so until she happened to see him cutting the lawn one day. "He’s like right there, practically in my backyard and that kind of makes me nervous and not want to go home ever," she says.
When she sought help from authorities, she learned that Oklahoma, like many states, has no law on the books explicitly preventing a molester from living near his victim. Because of Dyer's case, that may soon change. State Rep. Kyle Hilbert tells People that while he's happy for Dyer, the protective order issued by the judge covers only her case. He plans to introduce a law in the next legislative session to prevent similar cases in the future. "She is almost certainly not the only person going through this right now," he says.