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Pharmacist's child porn trial set to start in Jan.

ATLANTA - Nearly six months after an arrest that shocked many in the Lawrenceville community, William Carter Gorman will have his day in federal court.

A jury trial will begin Jan. 22 for the former Lawrenceville city leader and local pharmacy owner accused of receiving child pornography, an official said Thursday.

Gorman has remained in federal custody at an undisclosed location since late July.

U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Patrick Crosby said the trial will be heard by Judge Timothy C. Batten Jr. at the federal courthouse in Atlanta.

If convicted on the federal charges, Gorman could face a minimum of five years in prison without parole.

Gorman pleaded not guilty Aug. 15 in Atlanta to federal charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.

Gorman allegedly mail-ordered eight explicit videos worth $200 depicting minors ages 7 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." Gorman allegedly received them at his home on July 23, the affidavit says.

In the wake of the accusations, Gorman resigned as treasurer of the Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority in late August. The board works to promote economic stability in historic Lawrenceville.

As a pharmacist, Gorman was noted for his unique process of compounding drugs to make creative medicines ranging from Prozac for cats to lidocaine lollipops for children. He has owned Monfort Drugs pharmacy in Lawrenceville since 1980.

Gorman was also an active deacon and Sunday school teacher at a local Baptist church.

But his legal woes don't end with the federal case.

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 an 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.

A Gwinnett police investigator close to the case said another victim who claims to have been molested by Gorman more than 10 years ago has recently come forward.

Gorman's family has maintained his innocence and decried the local charges as false.

He could face at least 10 years in prison if convicted of both counts of child molestation, according to Georgia law.