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Plea Of Guilty Entered To Receipt Of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2013


Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Josh Ensley, age 52, of Tucker, Georgia, entered a plea of guilty to Count One of an Indictment charging him with Receipt of Child Pornography, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2) and (b)(1).  Mr. Ensley entered his plea before the Honorable Charles A. Pannell, Jr., United States District Judge in Atlanta, Georgia on May 16, 2013.

In entering a plea of guilty, Mr. Ensley admitted that between September 18, 2008, and March 20, 2011, he ordered and received DVDs containing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and which had been shipped to him in interstate commerce.  He also admitted that on October 25, 2012, he possessed additional material on his computer which contained visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and which had been obtained by him over the internet using a facility in and affecting interstate commerce.  Some of the visual depictions possessed by Mr. Ensley depicted minors who were younger than twelve (12) years old.  Mr. Ensley was an employee of a school in Dekalb County, Georgia, which had students under the age of eighteen (18) years, and he further acknowledged that on October 25, 2012, he possessed videos that he had produced which depicted minor students of the school using the restroom.  He admitted surreptitiously placing video cameras in the boys’ and girls’ restrooms at the school and videotaping students’ genitals without their knowledge or consent.

Mr. Ensley faces a mandatory minimum of five (5) years imprisonment up to a maximum sentence of twenty years (20) imprisonment, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, or both, and a term of supervised release of five (5) years up to life, and a mandatory assessment fee of $100.00.  Sentencing is scheduled for July 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

“Our child pornography laws are on the books to protect our children from people like Mr. Ensley.  Every time he viewed one of his DVDs containing child pornography, he re-victimized these children.  This guilty plea reminds us that we, as parents and educators and anyone else caring for children, must be mindful of those who prey on them,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, Atlanta Division, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Paul C. McCommon III and Robert D. McCullers.

Inquiries regarding the case should be directed to Sue McKinney, Public Affairs Specialist, United States Attorney’s Office at (478) 621-2602.

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