Stilwell, Oklahoma (CNN) -- As a teenager, Ricky Blackman carried an Oklahoma driver's license with the words "sex offender" stamped in red below his picture. As a Tier 3 offender on Oklahoma's sex offender registry, Blackman could not attend high school, visit the town library, or go to his younger brother's football games.
The offense occurred when he lived in Iowa, and the label followed him to Oklahoma.
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"He's not the same," said Mary Duval, a straight-talker who has become a full-time activist to reform sex offender legislation since her son's conviction. "Say you're on the registry, and you're in the mall and a kid comes up missing. You're the first person they're going to because you're on the sex offender registry." Blackman lived with the "sex offender" label for nearly four years, until a law that took effect in Oklahoma in November removed his name from the registry.
His soft-spoken, reserved manner belies Blackman's hulking physical presence -- a reminder of his days as a high school athlete.
Once off the radar, they continued to prey on women and children.
On a sunny afternoon in December, he met a CNN reporter in the parking lot of the Stilwell Public Library, arm-in-arm with his mother, who is blind.
As he told his story, Blackman cast furtive glances at each passing car and sized up every person entering the library as if to ensure no one was after him.
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