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Bus driver, music instructor charged in child porn cases

2:00 AM, Jan 17, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Two men were arraigned Wednesday on separate indictments for child pornography cases.

According to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, both cases involved the men ordering and receiving videos containing child pornography from a foreign county.

Stanley Keith Johnson, 57, of Mableton is charged with producing, receiving and possessing child pornography.

Smyrna resident Jerry Michael Lanier, 51, is charged with receiving and possessing child pornography.

The indictments were returned by a federal grand jury on Jan. 8.

"Child pornography preys on the most innocent and vulnerable members of society," Yates said. "These men are charged with participating in the victimization of children when they received child pornography through the mail. These cases reflect our commitment to end this horrendous cycle of victimization."

According to information provided by Yates' office, between November 2010 and April 2011, Johnson ordered around 180 DVDs containing videos of nude boys between ages 8 and 14.

In December 2012, a search warrant was executed, and Johnson was found to have child porn on his computer. It was also determined that Johnson had produced images of child porn that dated back to May 2004. During these times, he was working as a Cobb County school bus driver.

Lanier dealt with the same foreign company as Johnson for ordering child porn. Between January 2010 and January 2011, Lanier ordered and received about 19 DVDs of child pornography.

A search warrant was carried out at Lanier's home in December 2011, where investigators found many videos of child pornography on his computer. During this time, Lanier was employed as a music instructor at the University of West Georgia.

According to Yates' office, the charge of producing child pornography could bring a mandatory minimum period of confinement of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison.

The charge of receiving child pornography carries a mandatory minimum confinement period of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison. Being charged with possessing child pornography carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. A fine of up to $250,000 could be paid for each charge. Once released, each man could serve up to five years of supervision.

 

 

 

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