Former Villa Rica teacher sentenced for child porn

Former Villa Rica teacher Joseph Monroe Wilson was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Rome, Ga., to three years in federal prison for possessing images of child pornography on his home computer.

'This prosecution successfully removed a teacher from the classroom who not only ordered and collected child pornography, but who also had unfettered access to children as a school teacher,' said United States Attorney, Northern District of Georgia, Sally Quillian Yates. 'Because children innocently trust teachers like this man, it is essential that we identify and prosecute such individuals.'

In February and March 2011, Wilson ordered numerous images and movies containing sexually explicit images of young boys from a company based in Canada. In March 2012, the United States Postal Inspection Services executed a federal search warrant at Wilson's home in Paulding County, Ga. During the search warrant, law enforcement found a large portrait of a young, naked boy hidden in Wilson's closet and numerous images of child erotica and child pornography on Wilson's home computer. At the time the search warrant was executed, Wilson was a teacher at New Georgia Elementary School in Villa Rica, Ga., and was in the process of adopting a seven-year-old boy. He is no longer teaching at the school and the adoption did not take place, court officials said.

Wilson, 44, of Spartanburg, SC, was sentenced Wednesday by United States District Judge Robert L. Vining Jr. to three years in prison to be followed by 30 years of supervised release.

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