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Postal service aids in arrest

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police worked with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service this week to arrest a Lawrenceville man who allegedly molested a 13-year-old girl, an official said Thursday.

William C. Gorman, 54, was arrested Sunday at his 725 James Ridge Drive residence in Lawrenceville. He is charged with two counts of felony child molestation for alleged misconduct with a female acquaintance.

Gorman could face between five and 20 years in prison for each count if convicted of child molestation, according to Georgia law. He remains in the federal custody of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, though he could be transferred to the Gwinnett County Jail where he'd be denied bond, said Gwinnett Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney.

"(I) don't know exactly what will happen or when," Moloney said. "Bottom line (is) he's not going anywhere."

Moloney said he could not offer further details as to how the federal agency became involved with the case. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service executed a search warrant at Gorman's residence Sunday, where he was taken into custody soon after, Moloney said.

According to his arrest warrant, Gorman allegedly exposed himself to an underage girl at his residence, though police invesigations indicate the misconduct was ongoing.

Gorman is not listed on the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department sex offender registry for prior convictions.

U.S. postal inspectors work with attorneys, local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to investigate crimes involving the postal system, according to the agency's Web site.

Nearly 2,000 postal inspectors are stationed across the United States to enforce more than 200 federal laws covering investigations of crimes affecting the postal system.