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Old 12-14-2011, 04:57 AM   #14 (permalink)
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September 17, 2010 -- Judge Roger W. Dunaway, Jr. of the McDuffie County Superior Court has signed an order releasing Georgia resident Wendy Whitaker from her obligation to register as a sex offender. Ms. Whitaker is on Georgia’s sex offender registry for engaging in a single act of consensual oral sex as a teenager with another teenager. Ms. Whitaker served as the first named plaintiff in Whitaker v. Perdue, a federal class action lawsuit brought by the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) that challenges residency restrictions imposed on people on Georgia’s sex offender registry. She has been required to register as a sex offender for the last 12 years.

In the order, Judge Dunaway found “by a preponderance of the evidence that Ms. Whitaker does not pose a substantial risk of perpetrating any future dangerous sexual offense,” and released Ms. Whitaker from all sex offender registration requirements under Georgia law. This petition to the court was made possible by 2010 changes to the law that created a practical process for certain individuals to apply to be released from the registry.


“We hope that the General Assembly will continue to move away from poorly drafted, ineffective laws and instead adopt evidence-based strategies that actually protect women and children.” states Sara Totonchi, Executive Director of SCHR. “Both the passage of the 2010 legislative reforms and Wendy’s release from the registry are steps in the right direction towards making right the many wrongs created by Georgia’s hastily passed sex offender laws.”

The article Nibb posted was dated August 28, 2009.
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