Last year, Georgia lawmakers modified convictions for consensual oral sex between teens. It was a felony, now it’s a misdemeanor with up to one year convictions. This change has brought about a state Supreme Court legal battle over the potential for release of Genarlow Wilson under the new laws. Wilson was convicted of aggravated child molestation and sentenced to 10 years in prison for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl in 2003. He was 17 at the time and has now served 27 months of his sentence. A judge will rule on Wilson’s petition for release sometime next week.
Wilson’s crime was captured on a home made video tape that was used as key evidence by the prosecution in Wilson’s conviction. Today it was announced that copies of the same explicit and unedited video tape used in court has been delivered to anyone that knows what form to fill out to request a copy.
The Douglas County District Attorney’s office admits for the past 3 years they have handed out “numerous copies” of the minor’s sex video, citing the Georgia’s freedom of information act. In an e-mail exchange between the DA and news station CBS46, Douglas County District Attorney David McDade stated, “I do not know the exact number of people who have made open record requests in the Genarlow Wilson case.” Adding, “we do not keep a list or data base of the numerous requests.”
Georgia state representative Mary Margaret Oliver says that distributing the tape violates both privacy and child pornography laws. Georgia’s former Dekalb County DA who is also a former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Brickman agrees.
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