LAWRENCEVILLE - Records indicate a respected Lawrenceville pharmacy owner and member of the city's Downtown Development Authority is the same man arrested this week on charges of child molestation.
William Carter Gorman, 54, of Lawrenceville was arrested Monday at his 725 James Ridge Drive home and remains in the custody of federal authorities. Gorman is charged with two counts of felony child molestation for alleged misconduct with a 13-year-old female acquaintance.
That name and address match details on a valid pharmacy license for William Carter Gorman issued by Georgia's secretary of state.
The license lists Gorman's association with Monfort Drug Company Inc., otherwise known as Monfort Drugs, a locally owned pharmacy in Lawrenceville.
Monfort Drugs' owner, a pharmacist commonly known as Carter Gorman, acts as treasurer for the Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority. 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.
Yulanda Burns, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, could not verify that William Carter Gorman arrested by her agency is a pharmacist, but said "he is self-employed with his own business."
An employee at Monfort Drugs said Gorman was not working there Friday but is expected to return next week.
A call to Gorman's residence Friday evening was not returned.
The William Carter Gorman arrested Monday will appear before a federal judge Tuesday, said Burns, though she could not offer details pertaining to the federal agency's involvement. Postal inspectors do investigate all people involved with trafficking child pornography via the U.S. mail, Burns said.
Postal inspectors executed a search warrant at Gorman's residence Sunday, where he was later taken into custody.
"At this time (Gorman) will remain in our custody until a bond hearing next week," Burns said. "If he's released from federal custody, he would have to answer to local charges."
According to the arrest warrant, Gorman is accused of exposing himself to an underage girl at his residence Sunday, though police investigations indicate the misconduct was ongoing. Gorman could face between five and 20 years in prison for each count if convicted of child molestation, according to Georgia law.