Lawrenceville pharmacist's trial 'postponed indefinitely'

LAWRENCEVILLE - William Carter Gorman - the Lawrenceville city leader and pharmacist slapped with child porn charges last July - was scheduled to appear before a federal judge on Tuesday.

His attorney says that won't happen.

Mark Sallee, Gorman's Decatur-based attorney, said Friday the trial that could land his client in prison for at least five years has been "postponed indefinitely."

Sallee declined to discuss why the trial has been pushed back.

Gorman was scheduled to appear for a jury trial before Judge Timothy C. Batten Jr. at the federal courthouse in Atlanta. He faces charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.

A U.S. Department of Justice spokesperson was not available for comment Friday.

If convicted, Gorman could face a minimum of five years in prison without parole. He pleaded not guilty to the charges Aug. 15.

Gorman has remained in federal custody at an undisclosed location since July. Six months after the arrest that shocked many in the Lawrenceville community, Sallee described his client as "anxious."

"He's anxious about the trial and getting this matter behind him," Sallee said.

Gorman allegedly mail-ordered eight explicit videos worth $200 depicting minors ages 7 to 17 years old, according to an 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.

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 had owned Monfort Drugs pharmacy in Lawrenceville since 1980.

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

Sallee, the attorney, said he remains cautiously optimistic about the chances of Gorman's acquittal. He said disproving that Gorman received the child pornography will be difficult.

"We're going to do our best on this, I'll put it that way," Sallee said. "We're confident on winning on at least some of the counts."

But Gorman's legal woes stretch beyond 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.