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Press Release

Defendant Sentenced For Receipt Of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Georgia


Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that
Josh Ensley, age 52, of Tucker, Georgia, was sentenced today by the Honorable Charles A. Pannell, Jr., United States District Judge, in Atlanta, Georgia, for receipt of child pornography.  Judge Pannell sentenced Mr. Ensley to 180 months imprisonment, to be followed by supervised release for life, and mandatory registration as a sex offender.

Mr. Ensley entered a plea of guilty on May 16, 2013 to Count One of an Indictment charging him with Receipt of Child Pornography.  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 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 which had been obtained by him over the internet.  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.

“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 case 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 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.

Updated February 19, 2015