Perhaps the most disturbing allegation isn’t that an elementary school teacher was collecting sexually explicit images and movies of young boys.
It was that the man was in the process of adopting a 7-year-old boy.
Federal prosecutors said Monday that Mr. Joseph Monroe Wilson ordered child pornography from a Canadian company, and what they said they found inside his home was more than enough to indict him and put an end to his adoption of the child.
“This defendant did not simply seek out inappropriate images of children, but as a teacher put himself in a position of trust and authority with respect to children of that same age and went so far as to attempt to adopt a young child,” United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said.
“We will do everything in our power to prevent predators from having contact with potential victims in our community.”
On Monday, a federal judge set his bond at $150,000 and ordered that he be placed on home detention, GPS monitoring and that he stay away from children.
Mr. Wilson, who moved to Spartanburg, S.C. from Dallas, was arrested Friday for receipt and possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
It was unclear how officials found out about Mr. Wilson’s alleged crime, but they said he ordered numerous images and movies containing sexually explicit images of young boys from the Canadian company between February and March 2011.
In March of this year, the United States Postal Inspection Service with the help of state and local law enforcement executed a federal search warrant at Mr. Wilson’s home in Paulding County.
“During the execution of the search warrant, law enforcement found a large portrait of a young, naked boy hidden in Wilson’s closet and numerous images of child erotica and child pornography on Wilson’s home computer,” Mrs. Yates said.
At the time the search warrant was executed, Mr. Wilson was a teacher at New Georgia Elementary School in Villa Rica and was in the process of adopting a 7 year-old boy, officials said.
He is no longer teaching at the school and the adoption will not take place, Mrs. Yates said.
If convicted, Mr. Wilson faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for receipt of child pornography and up to 10 years and a fine of $250,000 for possessing the materials.
Mr. Wilson will also be required to register as a sex offender.
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