District Attorney David McDade has handed out some 35 copies of a video of teenagers having sex at a party.
The video shows a 2003 New Year’s Eve Party at a hotel room. On it, Genarlow Wilson (who was then 17) can be seen receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old girl and having intercourse with a 17-year-old girl. McDade says Georgiaâ€™s open-records law leaves him no choice but to release the footage because it was evidence in one of the stateâ€™s most turbulent cases. The tape helped put Wilson (now 21 years old) behind bars, where he is serving a mandatory 10-year sentence on a charge of aggravated child molestation. Although the oral sex with the 15-year-old was consensual, it was a felony under Georgia law at the time. The law has since been changed. Wilson was acquitted of raping the 17-year-old. McDadeâ€™s actions have opened him up to accusations that he is vindictively misusing his authority to keep Wilson behind bars â€” and worse, distributing child pornography.