LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville business owner and city official was indicted this week on a federal charge of receiving child pornography, his attorney said Friday.
William Carter Gorman, 54, faces one count of receiving child pornography for allegedly mail-ordering eight videos worth $200 depicting minors ages 7 to 17 years old, according to an affidavit prepared by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Gorman was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury and will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman for an arraignment on Aug. 15, where he'll enter a plea, said his attorney.
A U.S. Department of Justice spokesman said Friday the case has been sealed and could not provide a copy of the indictment.
Gorman remains in federal custody without bond. Federal prosecutors asked that he be held as a flight risk and a danger to the community, a U.S. Postal Inspection Service official said last week.
Gorman, a pharmacist, owns Monfort Drugs in Lawrenceville and acts as treasurer for the Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority. If convicted of receiving child pornography, he could face a minimum of five years in prison, according to federal law.
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.
Gorman's attorney, Decatur-based Mark Sallee, said his client's family remains supportive of him despite all federal and local allegations. Sallee called the child molestation charges "flimsy" and maintained that Gorman's name can be cleared, though the process won't be easy.
"Obviously, it's going to be difficult," Sallee said. "I believe the actions (in Gwinnett) were more or less manufactured, but that certainly complicates the matter in federal court."
A Gwinnett Police investigator close to the case declined comment Friday, as the investigation is ongoing.
Postal inspectors executed a search warrant at Gorman's residence July 23, where he was later taken into custody.
The videos Gorman allegedly ordered - and placed in the trunk of his car that day - carry titles such as "Little Ones in Love" and "Pre-Teen Trio," the affidavit says. The arrest was part of a nationwide sting conducted by postal inspectors.
According to an arrest warrant issued in Gwinnett, 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.
Sallee, the attorney, said the alleged molestation victim supported Gorman in federal court during an initial hearing, flanked by Gorman's parents, sister and fiancee.
Gorman has owned the pharmacy, a Lawrenceville staple, since 1980 and resides in the city with three daughters. He attends a local Baptist church where he's a deacon and Sunday school teacher.