United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Michael Moore has announced via press release that 52-year-old Josh Ensley has entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging him with receipt of child pornography.
According to the release, 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 years old. Mr. Ensley was an employee of a school in Dekalb County, Georgia, which had students under the age of eighteen 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.
Moore adds that Ensley will face a mandatory five year minimum imprisonment with a maximum of twenty, a maximum fine of $250,000, or both with a term of supervised release of five years up to life and a mandatory assessment fee of $100.
"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.
Sentencing for this case is scheduled for July 25th.