Georgia v. RandleAnnotate this Case
Appellee Blake Randle was a registered sex offender who sought release from having to register. In 1993, Randle pled guilty under "North Carolina v. Alford" to one count of child molestation stemming from an incident in which he touched the penis of a ten-year-old boy. In 2013, Randle filed a petition for release from the sex offender registry pursuant to OCGA 42-1-19 (a) (4), which authorized release where at least ten years have elapsed since the offender has completed his sentence, and he could establish the fulfillment of six criteria set forth by the statute. The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review was, with respect to one of the criteria, whether the phrase “intentional physical harm” included physical contact that, while offensive and unwelcome, resulted in no physical pain or injury. The Supreme Court concluded that it did not, and therefore affirmed the Court of Appeals in its affirmance of the superior court’s order granting Randle’s petition for removal from the sex offender registry.