Sex offender jailed for not alerting police to move

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Columbia County authorities arrested a Harlem sex offender Monday.

During a routine check last week, police discovered that Wendy Whitaker, who had lived at 270 Church St., had moved without notifying authorities, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Mrs. Whitaker is charged with violation of the sex offender law, Capt. Morris said.

Mrs. Whitaker became the focal point of a lawsuit last year after a state statute threatened to force her from her Harlem home.

The legislation, passed in 2006, forbids sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a child-care center, school, church or a registered school bus stop. Mrs. Whitaker lived too close to a child-care center and church.

In November, attorneys from the Southern Center for Human Rights filed for an injunction in Columbia County Superior Court that allowed Mrs. Whitaker to remain in her home.

According to the lawsuit, Mrs. Whitaker is on the sex offender registry because in 1996, when she was a 17-year-old high school student, she engaged in a consensual sex act with a 15-year-old.

Last month, Mrs. Whitaker, 29, was arrested on drug charges.

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 863-6165 or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com.

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cajunnana2000
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cajunnana2000 08/25/09 - 03:32 am
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Darn the Law drove her to

Darn the Law drove her to that, I'm suprised she did not take her life. 15 and 17 years old, both kids. If someone report a 7 year and a 5 year old playing doctor will they be on the sex offender's list?

APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 08/25/09 - 07:36 am
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Would you just look at that

Would you just look at that !!

getalife
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getalife 08/25/09 - 07:55 am
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This woman should not be on

This woman should not be on the sexual offenders registry! If caught half of the population would be considered sexual offenders. This law should be changed!

artsy fartsy
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artsy fartsy 08/25/09 - 10:07 am
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I thought it was only illegal

I thought it was only illegal for a person 18 or older to have relations with a younger person- not 17..?

roundaboutway
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roundaboutway 08/25/09 - 10:18 am
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Where did she move to??

Where did she move to?? Duncin Donuts? :-)

Retired LTC
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Retired LTC 08/25/09 - 10:23 am
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America's next Top Model.

America's next Top Model.

Retired LTC
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Retired LTC 08/25/09 - 10:32 am
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Ok...how about this one. Get

Ok...how about this one. Get the flour ready for her to roll around in.

marandan
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marandan 08/25/09 - 10:40 am
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They all ready have "Dance

They all ready have "Dance your azz off", but now they need "Dance your face off."

roundaboutway
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roundaboutway 08/25/09 - 10:47 am
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I'm sure there is plenty of

I'm sure there is plenty of azz following that pumpkin around.

concernmom
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concernmom 08/25/09 - 11:08 am
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All of you are missing the

All of you are missing the major issue concerning this woman- this is not about looks or weight, it is about personal liberty & freedom, that by the way is being diminished for everyone in our country on a daily basis. She is being harrassed for something that is really not "sexual predator" behavior. I really feel sorry for the woman. Also, everyone should be enlightened to the fact that ANYONE who has sex with a person under 16 years of age in the state of Georgia is a sexual predator- AND that includes any 17 year old, male or female. So, the moral to the story is watch your teenagers, especially if boyfriend or girlfriend is under 16 and your kid is 17 or older....if anything happens they will carry the label of "sexual offender" for the rest of their life!!!

jewel
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jewel 08/25/09 - 11:16 am
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Careful the way young

Careful the way young children are eating now YOUR children will look the same. Lift someone up today instead of knocking them down.

Retired LTC
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Retired LTC 08/25/09 - 11:22 am
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Concernmom, she was a fat 17

Concernmom, she was a fat 17 year old going after a 15 year old. That's against the law. She's lucky she didn't get charged with "smothering" him too. I bet you use the "but officer I was only going 63 miles per hour in the 55 zone" How can you feel sorry for a fat broad who was found guilty of sexual pred laws, moving w/o telling, and THEN BUSTED FOR DRUGS?

andywarhol
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andywarhol 08/25/09 - 11:24 am
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I cannot believe we are still

I cannot believe we are still bothering this woman. It's such a shame.

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stillamazed 08/25/09 - 01:26 pm
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RetiredLTC, what is your

RetiredLTC, what is your problem with a person being fat, you and others are frigging rude and you don't know what her size was at 17, maybe she eats out of depression, they told her she had to move from a home her and her husband had purchased so she moved, she should have never been charged to start with, growing up I knew lots of 17 year old boys having sex with 15 year old girls, believe me they know what they are doing at that age.......she didn't force the boy to have any type of sex. I feel sorry for people who are overweight, this is the type of crap they have to take from people. Everyone isn't thin, everyone isn't beautiful, I hope all of you talking crap about her size will someday be fat yourself or have children or grandchildren who are fat, it will serve you right for judging others. and before you say it, no I am not fat.

Dukedirtbag
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Dukedirtbag 08/25/09 - 02:16 pm
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funny how some folks are

funny how some folks are fixated on what other people weigh.

Just tired
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Just tired 08/25/09 - 02:17 pm
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The numbers a very small but

The numbers a very small but there a few folks posting here that have sense enough to recognize the real issue in all this. What has ultimately happened to this woman's live as a result of an act between to young people is sad. If all you can do is joke or comment over the woman's appearance here then don't be shocked when the government sex police invade the privacy of your bedroom. . . More than they currently do now! You people are pathetic. No wonder we are losing one freedom after another in this country. Too many blind folks just sitting and watching as your Uncle in Washington takes all the cookies from your cookie jar. If you EVER awaken from your golden fantasies of self superiority, you will likely do so too late. Wake up America, this is not about the ladies appearance. This is about your freedoms. The ones you are so willing to hand off these days to others to handle the "tough decisions" you don't want to make.

Just tired
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Just tired 08/25/09 - 02:18 pm
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And for the record as with

And for the record as with 5:00smwhr: No extra weight at all on these bones either.

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Fiat_Lux 08/25/09 - 03:49 pm
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Some of you should be banned

Some of you should be banned from commenting. It's one thing for us to fight with each other and call each other names, but your cruelty to someone who can't defend themselves is beyond sickening. I wish the webmaster would get off his duff and do something about this, because many of these comments are clear violations of the posting guidelines.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/25/09 - 04:40 pm
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If she were 17 today and did

If she were 17 today and did the same thing she wouldn't be on the sex offender list. This is just plain sad.

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mable8 08/25/09 - 04:46 pm
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This is outrageous; the only

This is outrageous; the only reason she has been arrested is because of the law suit, not for 'moving' to a new address. She should not even be on the registry, period. GA citizens need to petition the State Legislators to revise this horrid law. The registry is supposed to register serious sex offenders, not the kids in a 'Romeo/Juliette' affair. Other States have revised their registry laws to grade the degree of the offense; some only have to register a specified period of time. The more serious the offense, the longer the perpetrator must register; and the most serious are on it for life.

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augusta49 08/25/09 - 06:35 pm
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The VERY rude comments on

The VERY rude comments on here should be what's against the law. At what time would she be able to start a new life?? Obviously never. I feel sorry for her situation. It's absolutely ABSURD that she keeps being bothered. And, I agree. She shouldn't even be on the sex offenders list.

Nammy3
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Nammy3 08/25/09 - 08:33 pm
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Someone, please get this

Someone, please get this woman some help. And I'm not talking about her weight problems...I'm positive this has everything to do with that. I too, feel so sorry for her......can you imagine her life from that day on?

Evans Ga.
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Evans Ga. 08/26/09 - 11:59 am
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The law is the law and she

The law is the law and she should have done what was told by the judge in the case (register when moving)!

All of you also commenting on this womens weight, you will be surprised what a 15 year old boy settles with when it comes to rushing hormones. He probably hit it and split it.

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