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Sex offenders law upheld by courts

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Georgia Supreme Court turns down a sex offender's challenge of Georgia's sex offender registry.

Sex offenders have to register within 72 hours of their release from prison. Sheriff Kevin Sproul says he's glad the courts upheld the law as it's written and says it's an important tool to protect the community.

"Every year they come to the Dougherty County Sheriff's office 72 hours prior to their birthday and we sit down with them and make sure they've complied with everything in the last year and that they haven't relocated, if nothing else just for the safety of our citizens it's very important," said Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul.

Derrick Todd Dunn's lawyer who challenged the law argued the requirements for notification are vague. The Supreme Court found the law specifically requires registration of any address change, including temporary residences.

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