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Sentencing for city leader, pharmacist postponed

ATLANTA - A former Lawrenceville city leader and respected pharmacist will have to wait at least three more weeks to learn his federal prison sentence for receiving child pornography.

William Carter Gorman was expected to be sentenced today to at least five years in prison, following a January plea agreement he made with federal prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography.

Gorman's sentencing hearing has been rescheduled for April 22 in Atlanta. A federal judge's scheduling conflicts prompted the change, said Patrick Crosby, U.S. Department of Justice spokesman.

Based on his guilty plea, Gorman will be sentenced to at least five years in prison without parole, according to the plea agreement. His maximum sentence could be up to 20 years, and he could also face up to a $250,000 fine.

Gorman's jury trial was scheduled to begin Jan. 22. He faced two separate counts - one for receiving child porn, the other for possession.

According to an affidavit prepared by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Gorman admitted in January to mail-ordering eight explicit videos worth $200. Each video depicted minors ages 7 to 17 years old.

The videos carried titles such as "Little Ones in Love," "Pre-Teen Trio" and "Little Bit of Everything." Gorman received them at his home on July 23, the affidavit said.

Gorman initially pleaded not guilty to the charges Aug. 15. He has remained in federal custody at an undisclosed location since July.

In the wake of the accusations, Gorman resigned as treasurer of the Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority in late August. He had owned Monfort Drugs pharmacy in Lawrenceville since 1980.