Mobile man's sex offender status dropped

ATLANTA (AP) - The federal appeals court in Atlanta says a man who sent obscene material to a minor is not required to register as a sex offender because his particular crime was not on the list in the statute mandating registration.

In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel Wednesday overturned an order by U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade of Mobile, Ala.

Granade sentenced 35-year-old Matthew Mason Dodge Jan. 17, 2008 to 18 months in prison and required him to register.

Dodge admitted providing links to nude photos of himself to what he thought was a teenaged girl but in fact was a police officer.

Circuit Judge Charles R. Wilson dissented, saying Dodge clearly engaged in conduct that "by its nature is a sex offense against a minor."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)