Cobb Resident gets 5 years in child porn case
by Nikki Wiley
September 27, 2013 12:47 PM | 4580 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
William Joseph 'Joey' Villemez
William Joseph 'Joey' Villemez
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ATLANTA — Former Pace Academy fine arts teacher William Joseph Villemez, 30, of Smyrna was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

The middle- and upper-school teacher was arrested on Oct. 29, 2012, and indicted a month later by a federal grand jury.

Pace Academy Head of School Fred Assaf told parents in an Oct. 29 letter sent home with students that Villemez no longer worked at the Buckhead school but did not have a criminal record and there was no evidence of “inappropriate physical conduct” with any of his students.

Between July 2008 and March 2011, Villemez ordered 32 DVDs at a cost of $750 that contained images of child pornography from a website based outside the United States. Law enforcement traced those orders to his Smyrna home.

In an October 2012 search of his home, agents reported finding child pornography on his computer, according to prosecutors.

During the period he allegedly received and downloaded child pornography, Villemez taught drama and dance to middle-school students at Pace Academy in Atlanta.

A 10-page criminal complaint filed Oct. 29 said Pace Academy’s computer network was used to order some of the DVDs, but none were mailed to the school.

“Child pornography is a horrendous crime that involves the sexual abuse and exploitation of the most innocent members of society,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates in a statement. “It is particularly distressing when a teacher purchases and downloads child pornography. Thanks to the vigilance of our law enforcement partners, this teacher will no longer be around students, but will be going to federal prison.”

The United States Postal Inspection Service investigated the case with help from the Cobb County Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s child exploitation and computer crimes units.

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