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High court affirms sex offender registry

POSTED: March 15, 2010 12:11 p.m.
ATLANTA - Georgia's top court has upheld the state's sex offender registration law, rebuffing a challenge that the stiff requirements are unconstitutional because they require some who have not committed sex crimes to register as offenders.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 5-2 ruling Monday found that it is of "no consequence whether or not one has committed an offense that is 'sexual' in nature before being required to register."

The challenge was brought by Jake Rainer, who pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and robbery in 2001 to robbing a 17-year-old girl after arranging to buy some drugs from her.

He contended he should not have to register as a sex offender because the crime did not involve any sexual activity.

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