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Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 11:58am

Woman Challenging Sex Offender Law Released From Registry

A woman at the center of a lawsuit to change Georgia's stringent sex offender laws can be removed from the state's sex offender registry.

Lawyers for Wendy Whitaker said Friday that a Superior Court judge has signed an order freeing Whitaker from registering with authorities as a sex offender.

Whitaker was on the sex-offender registry because of a sodomy conviction for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old classmate when she was 17.

In 2006, Whitaker was ordered to leave her Harlem home because of its proximity to a daycare center. Her case became an example for those hoping to change Georgia's harsh sex offender laws, which effectively banned Whitaker from living, working or loitering within 1,000 feet of just about anywhere children gather.