Sex tape's release criticized

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ATLANTA - A prosecutor's release to dozens of people of an amateur videotape showing Genarlow Wilson having sexual relations with two teenage girls has drawn criticism from some who say the tape is child pornography.

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A state lawmaker on Tuesday asked Attorney General Thurbert Baker to investigate.

But Douglas County District Attorney David McDade contends that under the state's open records law he had no choice but to release the tape because it was used as evidence against Mr. Wilson. He provided a July 5 letter from the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia backing up his claim.

Responding to an open records request from The Associated Press, Mr. McDade said his office gave copies of the tape to 35 people who requested it. Among them were seven state lawmakers, several members of the public and members of the media.

Among the recipients, according to Mr. McDade, was state Sen. Emmanuel Jones, the Decatur Democrat who on Tuesday called it "an absolute and utter disgrace" that the tape was being distributed.

The tape shows the 2003 New Year's Eve Party at a Douglas County hotel room. On it Mr. Wilson, then 17, can be seen receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old girl and having intercourse with a 17-year-old girl.

The tape helped put Mr. Wilson behind bars, where he's serving a mandatory 10-year sentence on a charge of aggravated child molestation. Although the oral sex with the 15-year-old was consensual, it was a felony under Georgia law at the time. The law has since been changed. Mr. Wilson was charged with raping the 17-year-old, but a jury acquitted him.

Portions of the videotape, made by another male partygoer, have been played on TV news shows. And it surfaced at the state Capitol during the legislative session earlier this year as the lawmakers considered a bill that would have helped Mr. Wilson.

Georgia law makes it a crime to possess or distribute child pornography unless there is some legitimate medical, scientific or educational purpose.

Whether news reporters - or average citizens - fall under that protective shield is unclear, Ms. Worthington said. The state attorney general's office did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment on Mr. Jones' request that it look into the tape's distribution.

Georgia's top court is set to hear an appeal in the Wilson case July 20. A Monroe County judge last month called Mr. Wilson's sentence "a grave miscarriage of justice" and ordered him released. Mr. Baker appealed, arguing that the decision could free 1,300 child molesters in Georgia prisons.

The Georgia Supreme Court rejected an earlier appeal from Mr. Wilson.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/11/07 - 06:04 am
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The tape IS child porn and

The tape IS child porn and the tape IS helping to keep Mr Wilson in jail. Genarlow isn't being charged with being a no class jerk, he's charged under an archaic law that was over turned. This tape is confusing the issue and is not relevant at this point. Genarlow needs to be released now with time served. Any other decision would be ignoring the letter and the intent of the law.

pofwe
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pofwe 07/11/07 - 06:59 am
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Tricia, you get up pretty

Tricia, you get up pretty early. Early bird gets the worm, eh?

amazed1
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amazed1 07/11/07 - 07:14 am
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seeing is believing.

seeing is believing.

AugustaHeph homeowner
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AugustaHeph homeowner 07/11/07 - 07:22 am
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Tricia, you say it is helping

Tricia, you say it is helping keep Mr. Wilson in jail, then you say the tape is confusing the issue--that it is not relevant that he needs to be let out now???? If he is a child molester, then let him serve his time- Also, I believe the girls should receive some punishment for being at the party at age 15 and 17. They are accountable for their actions also. Everyone wants to blame the guy, well guess what, "I know how teenagers are- these girls beg for sex. I work in the school system and have seen it now for 10 plus years. Give credit where credit is due. Tell the girls keep their clothes on and not go to these wild parties. God will like them a lot more also. Child PORN is sickening.
Make up your mind--keep him in/let him out?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/11/07 - 08:15 am
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The reason the attorney

The reason the attorney general is giving about not letting Wilson go free just because the law was changed is that he might have to let hundreds of other people out of jail who were convicted of child molestation. True or false I don't know. What do you think?

noctur55
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noctur55 07/11/07 - 08:44 am
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Augusta, he is not a child

Augusta, he is not a child molester, he was a child himself when it happened.

tusmooth1
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tusmooth1 07/11/07 - 08:46 am
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Augusta/Heph Homeowner, "God

Augusta/Heph Homeowner, "God will like them a lot more also"....what kind of statement is that gods love is always the same no matter who you are or what you have done so that is a misleading comment.

whitescorpion
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whitescorpion 07/11/07 - 08:58 am
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Distribute it!!! If this

Distribute it!!! If this turd committed no crime then what is the problem. I think everybody should see this turd for what he is, a child molester. If this video is child porn, then he is a child molester and deserves to rot in prison with all his "bros."

imdstuf
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imdstuf 07/11/07 - 08:59 am
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I actually agree with

I actually agree with Patricia for once.

moneyman1035
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moneyman1035 07/11/07 - 09:08 am
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I dont see how two kids 17

I dont see how two kids 17 and 15 having sex would make either a child molester or a danger to society I think this is realy stupid. Let the guy out he should have never been arrested anyhow. 2 years apart is not bad hell back in the 20s and before they use to get married at 14 and 15....

luckie
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luckie 07/11/07 - 09:11 am
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I feel this was teenagers

I feel this was teenagers celebrating a holiday the way many teenagers do. I am utterly disgusted with the way it was videotaped and I think that if it was being allowed and whoever was doing it should be fined, jailed, or community service. It is pornography. What happened to sealed documents. I raised boys but if that was my daughter I would have a lawsuit on someone. The problem with this case is that it has had too much publicity and society cannot overlook it and say sorry, it's ok. However, if they overturned the 1500+ cases and kids sitting in the slammer, there would be more room for these criminals doing burglaries. God made Adam and Eve. This incident was concensual. I am really tired of seeing Wilson's smiling face. I wish they had one where he was not smiling. It urks me.

buck
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buck 07/11/07 - 09:30 am
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does anyone else find it

does anyone else find it creepy that so many people unrelated to the trial/case have claimed to see the tape?

bone
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bone 07/11/07 - 09:49 am
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tech, consensual sex between

tech, consensual sex between teens is not uncommon; two girls under the influence of alcohol at a party engaging in sexual activity with multiple partners isn't the same thing. doing just a bit of research, you might find something else interesting about the jury in this case: when the jury became deadlocked, some jurors agreed to convict for the aggravated child molestation charge in return for acquittal on the rape charge. if wilson is given another trial, i guarantee he would not get off from the rape charge this time around. he took advantage of drunk females and RAPED them - the fact that they were there and/or approved in their drunken state OR afterwards doesn't negate the RAPE. he is in prison for being a RAPIST and i hope he stays there!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/11/07 - 10:05 am
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It's not my place to judge

It's not my place to judge and maybe I would feel differently if I had daughters but I'm curious - this young man is arrested and put into prison for 10 years but no charges were filed against the two females. If they were intoxicated, why were they not charged with underage drinking? or were they? Were they fined but no time serve? Seems to me the person recording the sexual acts should have been charged with pornography.

Jen2803
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Jen2803 07/11/07 - 10:36 am
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Seems to me they were just

Seems to me they were just looking for someone to pick on. They guy videotaping the "crime" should have been charged with making child porn as well as the two girls. I don't care what anyone says being drunk is not a good enough excuse. Those girls knew what they were doing. Wake up people let the guy go. They were all kids and if one was charged all needed to be charged since that didn't happen he needs to be freed and this crime taken off his record.

darr350
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darr350 07/11/07 - 10:41 am
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Being a white male I never

Being a white male I never thought I would say this but I call'em like I see them. If the two young girls were black instead of white there would never have been any charges filed, you can count on that. I feel sure that this is not the only oral sex performed by minors in the state of Ga. The law was change because if they locked up every minor who recieves oral sex the jail would be busting at the seams.My question is where are these parents and why are they not held accountable for there minor children.Should they not have some responsibilty here, who bought the alcohol who rented the motel room? You see there were no other charges filed except for this on minor. The tape shows other minor boys in the room, why were they not charged? Because they were not with the white girls..

TheTruth
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TheTruth 07/11/07 - 10:43 am
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Sex with a minor cannot under

Sex with a minor cannot under any circumstance be considered consentual. I hope that Genarlow Wilson rots in jail. As far as the video goes, I would like to know how the 35 people are using this video. How does anyone's possession of the video serve a clear "medical, scientific or educational purpose" in any case? I can see lawmakers wanting to review the video to help make a better decision on how to rule on laws associated with the case. I can see the media being given limited access to the video, as well as advocacy groups, to make sure that the victims and defendant are being served, but the only people that need to possess the video are law enforcement agencies, the district attorney's office, and the defendant's lawyer. No one else needs to possess child pornography.

bone
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bone 07/11/07 - 10:49 am
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the girls were black, darr,

the girls were black, darr, not white. where did you get your incorrect information from, anyway? this thug is in jail because he RAPED two girls at a party (right, two consenting drunk underage girls - i'll concede the point that they were there for a good time). the fact that the girls were black doesn't diminish his crime in the least. i am frankly SHOCKED that blacks are supporting the RAPE of two young girls by supporting this thug.

All About Me
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All About Me 07/11/07 - 10:50 am
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No where in this story has it

No where in this story has it said that the girls were drunk. Also it does not say that Wilson video taped them or even knew of the video taping or that the girls didn't know. The charges are for child molestation a 17 year old having sex with a 15 year old is not molestation or rape when it is consenual sex. If they start charging the women as well as the men there would be a lot less charges that should not even be charged. RAPE IS SEXUAL INTERCOURSE WITH A WOMAN BY A MAN WITHOUT HER CONSENT AND CHIEFLY BY FORCE OR DECEPTION. CHILD MOLESTATION TO MAKE ANNOYIN SEXUAL ADVANCES TO. Which is usually done by and adult onto a child. Let's convict and sentence actual rapist and molestors and keep them off the street.

bone
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bone 07/11/07 - 10:52 am
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babyblonde, do a little

babyblonde, do a little research: court documents indicate that the girls WERE consuming alcohol at the party. DECEPTION in this case would be pretty easy to prove: drunk girls raped while in suggestive state. the RAPIST is behind bars where he belongs.

darr350
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darr350 07/11/07 - 11:13 am
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Bone, you better look

Bone, you better look again,or are you color blind?

darr350
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darr350 07/11/07 - 11:13 am
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Bone, you better look

Bone, you better look again,or are you color blind?

sueboo418
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sueboo418 07/11/07 - 11:25 am
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Bone, consensual sex is NOT

Bone, consensual sex is NOT rape. These girls knew what they were doing. They were drinking and having a good time just like the boy. So if he is in jail they should be too.

bone
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bone 07/11/07 - 11:44 am
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are you kidding, darr? read

are you kidding, darr? read ANY transcripts from the trial / watch the prosecutor / watch the news: the girls were NOT white. sueboo, babyblonde did a good job defining rape: are you honestly expecting girls to go to a party & drink around a bunch of boys without some amount of deception going on? maybe since you are a girl you believe boys at a party are going to bethinking about things other than getting drunk girls to have sex with them. making the girls feel comfortable about having multiple-partner sex is DECEPTION, which is a fine textbook description of RAPE.

KingJames
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KingJames 07/11/07 - 11:59 am
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Bone, please tell me where

Bone, please tell me where you got the transcript from the trial. I would like to read it because I was also under the impression that the girls were white. I was also under the impression that President Carter thought they were, too, and had mentioned it in a letter that he sent to someone on behalf of Genarlow Wilson. I think Tech mentioned something about Wilson's picture in the paper everyday...I don't think the AC is sure how to approach pictures anymore because they ran a mug shot of a dead 18 year old yesterday at a time when they could have simply asked for a picture from the family. I think they run Wilson's picture because, until this incident, he was a clean cut kid that never did anything wrong. They obviously have sympathy for him and his case, something that I don't believe you have. This just seems like it was a case of kids trying to explore sex. Someone did raise another issue - what adult got the hotel room and the alcohol and where are the charges against them?

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sjgraci 07/11/07 - 12:39 pm
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I agree with patriciathomas

I agree with patriciathomas that Genarlow needs to be released now. What is the world coming to when two polar opposites agree on something? Release Genarlow. This is a travesty of justice.

thereishope
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thereishope 07/11/07 - 12:53 pm
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darr350, you are so right! I

darr350, you are so right! I hate those black/white issues, but a black mama would have beat their butt and that would have been the end of that! somebody had to press charges for Wilson to get locked up! What about William Stulb, he was convicted of rape and released after a couple of month for good behavior! What is wrong with this world?

KingJames
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KingJames 07/11/07 - 01:25 pm
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Sjgraci, I know what you mean

Sjgraci, I know what you mean about changes in the world...for the past week or so PT has agreed with some of my posts and I have agreed with some of her's (even though I haven't said so until now). I guess sometimes we expect certain opinions from people and are pleasantly surprised, delighted even, when they agree with us and even back us up. PT, I assume you must get up early before work to read the paper, and care enough about the community to post your comments. That just simply means we have more in common than initally thought. I understand the things you write, though I can't begin to understand how you come up with some of your ideas. For the most part I agree with you. You don't hold back and mince words, especially in your satiricals. I assume you will get this tonight, and I'll see a respone either late tonight or in the morning. Just know that I understand you, but that an enigmatic such as yourself can never be completed comprehended.

Forgiven1
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Forgiven1 07/11/07 - 01:28 pm
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Mr Wilson should not have

Mr Wilson should not have been charged because it was consensual sex between two teenagers. Bull crap about the girl being under-age. She was as much to blame as he was. What about the person who video taped the sex acts. The parents of these children should help free Mr Wilson immediately.

All About Me
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All About Me 07/11/07 - 01:31 pm
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I also have read that the

I also have read that the girl was white. That issue doesn't matter block or white no woman deserves to be raped. Black or white no guy deserves to bi in jail fo consensual sex. The person who provided the alcohol should be charged with contributing to minors. The parents of these girls also need to teach their children to pay attention to situations around you and that there are men/boys out there that will take advantage of a situation. I am not saying that that is what Wilson did. The girls consented and then woke up the next day and either didn't want daddy/mommy to find out what their little girl had done or daddy/mommy found out what the little girl had done so to protet her reputation they filed rape charges. And Bone I am a female and I have learned early on NOT TRUST ANYONE BUT MYSELF. I also have always made sure that no matter how much I wanted to party I limited to the point that I could defend myself and keep a situation from taking place. But these girls had consenual sex that is not rape.

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