ATLANTA - William Carter Gorman - a former pharmacist with deep roots in the Lawrenceville community and a respected city leader - will spend at least the next five years in federal prison, according to documents released Monday.
As part of an agreement with federal prosecutors, Gorman pleaded guilty last week to one count of receiving child pornography, an official said.
Based on his guilty plea, Gorman will be sentenced to at least five years in prison without parole, according to the agreement. His maximum sentence could be up to 20 years, and he could also face up to a $250,000 fine.
A federal judge will sentence Gorman on April 2 in Atlanta, an official said.
Gorman's jury trial was scheduled to begin Jan. 22. He faced two separate counts - one for receiving child porn, the other for possession.
Patrick Crosby, U.S. Department of Justice spokesman, said he was informed of Gorman's plea agreement Monday. Gorman pleaded guilty shortly before his trial was to begin, Crosby said.
Mark Sallee, Gorman's attorney, said Jan. 18 the trial was postponed indefinitely, but he declined to discuss why.
Gorman initially pleaded not guilty to the charges Aug. 15. He has remained in federal custody at an undisclosed location since July.
Gorman admitted last week to mail-ordering eight explicit videos worth $200 depicting minors ages 7 to 17 years old - details that were outlined in an affidavit prepared by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
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 says.
At least some of the videos included "sadistic or masochistic conduct," according to the plea agreement.
In the wake of the accusations, Gorman resigned as treasurer of the Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority in late August.
As a pharmacist, Gorman was known 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.