Georgia Supreme Court Frees Boy Convicted in Consentual Sex Case

ATLANTA (AP) - Genarlow Wilson has been released from the Al Burrus Correctional Training Center in Forsyth.

The Georgia Supreme Court ordered the release today of Wilson, who has been imprisoned for more than two years for having consensual oral sex with another teenager.

The court ruled 4-3 that Genarlow Wilson's 10-year sentence was cruel and unusual punishment.

Wilson, now 21, was convicted of aggravated child molestation following a 2003 New Year's Eve party at a Douglas County motel room where he was videotaped having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl. He was 17 at the time.

Wilson was acquitted of raping another 17-year-old girl at the party.

The 1995 law Wilson violated was changed in 2006 to make oral sex between teens close in age a misdemeanor, similar to the law regarding teen sexual intercourse. But the state Supreme Court later upheld a lower court's ruling which said that the 2006 law could not be applied retroactively.

Attorney B.J. Bernstein says his mother is thrilled he was released.


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