Sex tape distribution halted

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ATLANTA - A federal prosecutor urged local authorities Wednesday not to release any more copies of an amateur sex video that got a man sentenced to 10 years in prison for having consensual sex with a girl when they were both teenagers.

Genarlow Wilson: Convicted sex offender, sentenced to 10 years in 2003, has two appeals before the state courts next week.  Associated Press
Associated Press
Genarlow Wilson: Convicted sex offender, sentenced to 10 years in 2003, has two appeals before the state courts next week.

Douglas County District Attorney David McDade has said he was required by the state's open records law to release the tape because it was used as evidence in the trial against Genarlow Wilson, who was 17 when it was made.

U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said the tape "constitutes child pornography under federal law" and should not be distributed to the public.

"These laws are intended to protect the children depicted in such images from the ongoing victimization of having their sexual activity viewed by others," he said. Mr. Nahmias urged people with the tape to destroy or return it.

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

Although the sex act with the 15-year-old was consensual, it was a felony under Georgia law at the time, and he was given a mandatory sentence on a charge of aggravated child molestation. Mr. Wilson was acquitted of raping the 17-year-old.

Last month a Monroe County judge declared Mr. Wilson's sentence a "grave miscarriage of justice" and ordered him released. The state Supreme Court is set to hear a pair of appeals from Mr. Wilson next week.

Mr. McDade has said his office gave copies of the tape to 35 parties who requested it.

On Tuesday, State Sen. Emanuel Jones, a Democrat, asked Attorney General Thurbert Baker to investigate the tape distribution.

Mr. Nahmias would not confirm whether his office is investigating the matter.

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HGGP
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HGGP 07/13/07 - 08:52 am
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So now Mr. McDade needs to be

So now Mr. McDade needs to be charged for distributing child porn, right?

intheknow
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intheknow 07/13/07 - 09:23 am
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NO, this is not North

NO, this is not North Carolina. Bring it on. lol

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/13/07 - 09:30 am
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This is unbelieveable - Mr.

This is unbelieveable - Mr. McDade's office gave copies of the tape to 35 parties!!! If I was these kids parents I would be outraged! Now they are trying to backtrack and want the individuals to destroy or return the tapes - get real - no one is going to destroy or return the tapes! Mr. McDade said he was required by the state's open records law to release the tape because it was used as evidence in the trial against Genarlow Wilson - use some common sense, this was nothing but child pronography and should never have been released.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 07/13/07 - 09:33 am
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He probably watched it over

He probably watched it over and over himself Dumb Dummy, he should be FIRED.

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tgulleyjazz 07/13/07 - 12:27 pm
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Will no one comment on these

Will no one comment on these extremely stupid young people who had so little respect for their parents, families, friends and relatives that they would permit the production of such a film. Are we to assume that THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING? Or did they know that the people we think they should have had the intelligenc to respect are also extreme stupid?

kai@reasontostand.org
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kai@reasontostand.org 07/13/07 - 02:53 pm
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When our culture claims that

When our culture claims that there are no objective moral rules to follow, that we are a mere cosmic accident; Why should we be surprised when our kids act accordingly?

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Jillian 07/13/07 - 06:49 pm
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I wonder if that was what the

I wonder if that was what the dude at MCG was watchin when he got busted? lol

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