PHOTO: Photo of Charles Mark McCormack (54, originally of Muscle Shoals, Alabama), who was sentenced to 10 years in prison today after confessing to producing child porn.
By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A former Walker County (Georgia) Elementary School teacher was sentenced to 10 years in prison today in Federal Court.
Charles Mark McCormack (54, originally of Muscle Shoals, Alabama) plead guilty to one count of production of child pornography in November of last year. McCormack was arrested in May of 2016 while currently employed as a Teacher at Chattanooga Valley Elementary School in Flintstone, Georgia.
In 2010 and 2015, two different students reportedly complained of sexual behavior on the part of McCormack. He had been employed at the school since 2002. After law enforcement executed a search warrant on his home in May 2015, several items of child pornography were found, not to mention a colourful browser history that listed a variety of adult porn sites including a popular one m-porn.xxx.
A press release from Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town of the Northern District of Alabama said, " Admissions made in connection with his guilty plea, between Aug. 1, 1997, and Oct. 15, 1998, McCormack used an approximately six-year-old girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of the conduct, by videotaping the girl urinating in a bathroom in his Colbert County, Alabama residence."
"During a May 2016 search of McCormack’s residence, law enforcement discovered images of nude and topless females believed to constitute child pornography and a suitcase containing young girls’ panties," the release also stated.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated this case with support from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Trial Attorney William M. Grady of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chinelo Dike-Minor of the Northern District of Alabama are prosecuting the case.
This case is a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.
"Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims," the statement said of Project Safe Childhood.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.