ATLANTA – A man who had consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17 is not eligible for release on bail while appealing his 10-year prison sentence, a judge ruled Wednesday.
The ruling is likely to mean that 21-year-old Genarlow Wilson will remain behind bars for several more months at least.
The Georgia Supreme Court is not set to hear his appeal of his term for aggravated child molestation until October. The justices, without explanation, denied a motion by state Attorney General Thurbert Baker to expedite the appeal.
In Wednesday's ruling, Douglas County Superior Court Judge David Emerson said Wilson's conviction for one of the so-called seven deadly sins, under Georgia law, makes him ineligible for bail. He canceled a hearing that had been scheduled for July 5.
Wilson is serving a 10-year mandatory sentence for receiving oral sex at 2003 New Year's Eve Party. The law has since been changed by Georgia lawmakers.