Sex offender's move brings arrest

Monday, Aug 24, 2009 3:39 PM
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Columbia County authorities arrested a Harlem sex offender today.

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During a routine check, police discovered that Wendy Whitaker, who had lived at 270 Church St., had moved without notifying authorities, which the law requires sex offenders to do.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said that police discovered last week that the house was empty.

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.

That 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.

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roundaboutway
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roundaboutway 08/24/09 - 03:55 pm
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Try looking at the nearest

Try looking at the nearest Krispy Kremes. :-)

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/24/09 - 04:12 pm
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Knights Inn behind Krispy

Knights Inn behind Krispy Kreme @ Washington Road and I-20

Native007
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Native007 08/24/09 - 05:11 pm
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When she was SEVENTEEN she

When she was SEVENTEEN she hooked up with a FIFTEEN year old? And now she is considered a SEX offender? STUPID loophole law! They shouold just let her be regarding that. Now the drug charge is another story.

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BOBO 08/24/09 - 06:35 pm
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hey Javier blame YOUR LAW

hey Javier blame YOUR LAW BREAKERS! not the law makers!Until then go to jail, do not pas go.......

egan01
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egan01 08/24/09 - 06:53 pm
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It is about time the idiots

It is about time the idiots in Atlanta get off their a@@ and rewrite some of their stupid sex offender laws. Most of them will be overturned by the courts.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/24/09 - 08:20 pm
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17 with 15 is just a dumb law

17 with 15 is just a dumb law that needs correcting in order not to effect you for your entire life. As for violation of the drug laws or others laws, she deserves what she gets.

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tdp 08/24/09 - 08:34 pm
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I HATE child sex offenders.

I HATE child sex offenders. However, this woman is hardly an offender. Come on, she had CONSENSUAL sex with a 15 year old when she was 17. How about we go after the REAL offenders here & leave this poor woman alone!

demented dave
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demented dave 08/24/09 - 09:06 pm
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My, my, the types of lowlifes

My, my, the types of lowlifes we are finding in Columbia County these days...

roundaboutway
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roundaboutway 08/24/09 - 09:24 pm
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The only offence she should

The only offence she should be charged with is the hurtin she put on the doughnuts at the Krispy Kreme!

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Edward1968 08/24/09 - 09:59 pm
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It is clear that

It is clear that roundaboutway is named right. When he/she/it speaks the words take a roundabout way and come out his/her/its a##.

Nammy3
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Nammy3 08/24/09 - 10:18 pm
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lol {all caps! durn AC!}

lol {all caps! durn AC!}

helpicantfindthespacebar
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helpicantfindthespacebar 08/25/09 - 02:21 am
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The necessity of sex-offender

The necessity of sex-offender laws is obvious. So is the need for common sense in their use. Teenagers fairly close in age engaging in consentual acts hardly fits the bill of the predators the public needs to be afraid of.

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