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Arrest Warrant for Principal Charged in Child Sex Sting: 'He Taught Other Girls'

John McGill made first appearance in front of judge; bond set at $50K.

John McGill. DeKalb County Jail mugshot
John McGill. DeKalb County Jail mugshot

Elementary school principal John McGill appeared in a DeKalb County courtroom Tuesday afternoon to face charges of computer/electronic pornography and child exploitation.

Bond was set at $50,000 for McGill, 56, of Villa Rica, who is principal at Mt. Carmel Elementary in Douglas County. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 17

The AJC reported McGill was being held at the DeKalb County Jail in lieu of the bond, and his lawyer thought he would be released Tuesday night.

McGill was caught in a GBI sting over the weekend that resulted in 14 arrests for child sex offenses. McGill was suspended by the Douglas County School System on Sunday, after the GBI announced the arrests.

Citing the arrest warrant, the AJC reported McGill had responded to a Craigslist ad about a woman looking for someone for her teenage daughter. An undercover officer interacted via phone and email with McGill, according to warrant. He apparently told the officer “he has taught other girls and he would go slow.”

According to a GBI press release, “The arrestees, ranging in age from 21 to 64, traveled from all parts of Northern Georgia with the intent to meet a child for sex. Some of their occupations included educator, engineer, laborer, salesman, business owner, software developer, and a musician.”

The school system has since named an interim principal, Dr. Sandra Williams.

McGill’s lawyer, Mac Pilgrim, said McGill would plead not guilty. ”The evidence is different than the warrant,” Pilgrim told the AJC.

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erie March 07, 2014 at 10:24 PM
This dawg is around kids?
William Wallace March 22, 2014 at 08:37 AM
How sick
Delaware Anarchist March 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM
NOT GUILTY! Federal Courts have overturned convictions when the images were not a true person depiction as a minor. The cops needed an actual child victim or they would be at will to arrest citzens on make believe charges of events that did not occur. This was a political bonding of a defendant who has the Presumption of Innocence under the American Rule.
Delaware Anarchist March 23, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, 535 U.S. at 249–50 (focusing on factor number two in striking down part of an anti-child pornography federal statute that criminalized pornographic images made with virtual (computer-generated) children or adults dressed to look like children. ******* Without guidance from the Supreme Court, a lower federal court should hesitate before extending the logic of Ferber to other types of speech. The reasoning that supports Ferber has never been used to create whole categories of unprotected speech outside of the child pornography context. Furthermore, Ferber appears to be on the margin of the Supreme Court’s unprotected speech jurisprudence. Adler, supra, at 936 (noting that, aside from child pornography, “when the Court eliminates a category of expression from constitutional protection, it carefully defines the speech that can be banned; the definition then serves as a limit on legislative enactments”). Part of what locates child pornography on the margin as an unprotected speech category is the conflation of the underlying act with its depiction. By criminalizing the depiction itself, “[c]hild pornography law has collapsed the ‘speech/action’ distinction that occupies a central role in First Amendment law[,]” and “is the only place in First Amendment law where the Supreme Court has accepted the idea that we can constitutionally criminalize the depiction of a crime.” Id. at 970, 984; see Osborne v. Ohio, 495 U.S. 103, 144 n.18 (1990) (Brennan, J., dissenting.)
Omar Monroe March 24, 2014 at 07:05 AM
Delaware, you must know the law, but however, he is guilty for even wanting to meet to have sex with a child and at least he shouldn't be working around children; how many times has he not been exposed, I bet he travels overseas to have sex with children.

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