LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville city official and business owner remains in federal custody after an initial hearing Tuesday for a charge of receiving child pornography, officials said.
William Carter Gorman, 54, faces one count of receiving child pornography for allegedly mail-ordering eight videos worth $200 depicting minors ages seven to 17-years old, according to an eight-page affidavit prepared by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
The videos carry titles such as "Little Ones in Love," "Pre-Teen Trio" and "Little Bit of Everything," which Gorman allegedly received at his home last Monday, the affidavit says.
Gorman pleaded not guilty to the federal charge Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman and was detained by federal authorities, said U.S. Postal Inspection Service spokeswoman Yulanda Burns. The not guilty plea is routine, however, for defendants in Gorman's position, Burns said.
If convicted of receiving child pornography, Gorman could face a minimum of five years in prison, according to federal law.
Patrick Crosby, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman, said Gorman will be held without bond until his federal trial date, which has not been set.
"Federal prosecutors requested that (Gorman) be held as a flight risk and a danger to the community," Crosby said.
Gorman, a pharmacist, owns Monfort Drugs in Lawrenceville and acts as treasurer for the Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority.
Local authorities have also charged Gorman with two counts of felony child molestation for alleged misconduct with a 13-year-old female acquaintance at his 725 James Ridge Drive home in Lawrenceville.
According to biography information on the Monfort Drugs Web site, Gorman has owned the pharmacy since 1980 and resides in Lawrenceville with three daughters. He attends a local Baptist church where he's an active deacon and Sunday School teacher, according to the posting.
A manager at Monfort Drugs said Tuesday the business' Web site information is current, but declined further comment.
As a pharmacist, Gorman has been noted for his unique process of compounding drugs to make creative medicines ranging from Prozac for cats to lidocaine lollipops for children.
Postal inspectors executed a search warrant at Gorman's residence July 23, where he was later taken into custody.
According to the arrest warrant, Gorman is accused of exposing himself to an underage girl at his residence on July 22, though police investigations indicate the misconduct was ongoing.
Gorman could face at least 10 years in prison if convicted of both counts of child molestation, according to Georgia law.
Lawrenceville Mayor Rex Millsaps said, if convicted, Gorman will be removed from his position on the development board, which is unpaid and voluntary.
"Unfortunately, our next step is to wait and see what happens with the court system," Millsaps said. "Everyone's assumed innocent until proven guilty."
Millsaps recalled Gorman as a community focused leader who'd "done a lot of volunteering within the city," he said. Those community involvements, at least for the time being, will come to an end as Gorman's trial looms, the mayor predicted.
"I don't look for (Gorman) to be in another meeting before it's resolved," Millsaps said. "I've got two daughters and three granddaughters, and what he's accused of - I can't think of anything worse."