ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s highest court says a man convicted of sexually abusing a young girl no longer must register as a sex offender after receiving a pardon.
Barry Craig Davis pleaded guilty in 1995 to aggravated sodomy of the young girl. After his release from prison, he registered as a sex offender as required.
He later applied to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles for a pardon, and the board granted a pardon in February 2013.
Authorities later got a warrant for his arrest and charged him with failing to register as a sex offender. A judge ruled in January 2016 that pardon didn’t remove obligation to register.
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The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday issued an opinion concluding the pardon lifted Davis’ requirement to register as a sex offender.