2 Cobb men arraigned on federal child porn charges
by Marietta Daily Journal Staff
January 17, 2013 12:00 AM | 5223 views | 5 5 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally Quillian Yates
Sally Quillian Yates
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ATLANTA — A Mableton school bus driver and a college music instructor from Smyrna were arraigned in federal court Wednesday on separate child pornography indictments. They are accused of receiving child pornography from the same overseas source.

While the office of U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates identified Stanley Keith Johnson, 57, as a school bus driver, Cobb School District officials have said he was a field coordinator with the district and worked with Cobb schools since 1989. Johnson is charged with one count each of producing child pornography, receiving child pornography and possessing child pornography.

Jerry Michael Lanier, 51, is charged with a count each of receiving and possessing child pornography. He was working as a music instructor at the University of West Georgia when police raided his Smyrna home in December 2011.

A U.S. Attorney’s news release stated that between November 2010 and April 2011, Johnson ordered approximately 180 DVDs containing videos of nude boys between the ages of 8 and 14. The videos were delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. The release stated that a police search in December 2012 not only turned up child pornography on Johnson’s computer, but showed it dated as far back as May 2004.

The arraignment took place before U.S. Magistrate Judge Janet F. King. A grand jury returned indictments on Jan. 8. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul R. Jones.

Lanier ordered 19 DVDs with the same company between January 2010 and January 2011, the release stated. The 2011 search warrant showed he had numerous child pornography videos on his computer.

The producing child pornography charge carries a sentence of between 15 and 30 years in prison. A receiving child pornography charge carries confinement of between five and 20 years in prison. The possession charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, each charge carries a fine of up to $250,000 and a supervised release period of five years to life. 

Officials said the U.S. Postal Service has aggressively investigated child pornography cases that involve the mail.

“Child pornography preys on the most innocent and vulnerable members of society,” Yates said. “These men are charged with participating in the victimization of children when they received child pornography through the mail. These cases reflect our commitment to end this horrendous cycle of victimization.”

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Here we go again
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January 21, 2013
Ms. Armstrong you are way off as you have been for 2 years. This employee Stan Johnson has been in transportation since 1998. A previous MDJ article said he is a field coordinator not a bus driver. Grisham came in 2008, it would be tough for him to have hired him. Telematics makes the buses safer period. most metro school districts have it or trying to get it. What if some weirdo hijacked your child's bus.wouldn't you be grateful the district could track where it is? I agree with Anonymous....your comments are slanderous. Your blogs are just as inaccurate as your columnist atricles. Real journalism gets both sides of a story not just opinions and ones of inaccuracy. Get off his back and let him do his job. Besides, with this blog, it is a disgrace as you have no sensitivity to victim's families. Oh... I forgot it is not about the children it is about you!
Journalists' Today
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January 24, 2013
Ms. Armstrong's daily comments are journalism at its worst! The MDJ really needs to retire the employees who report garbage and not the facts! Bye bye Ms. Armstrong!
Laura Armstrong
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January 17, 2013
I find it reprehensible there's been no accountability of this nor repercussions or even questions by our school board members of the Transportation manager, Mr. Grisham, and/or the Human Resources department in the instance of this supervisor.

While Grisham and HR personnel were purging the department of hard-working drivers and mechanics because they were taking college classes, they tried to provide Grisham with safety advice he didn't want to hear or mostly that he didn't like them leaking to the media about unsafe conditions...while Grisham and HR were busy with their PR campaign to try to demonstrate to three Cobb County grand juries that they were justified in their practices, firings, safety procedures and overall operations, this SUPERVISOR (meaning hand picked by Grisham) was downloading pornographic material featuring young boys, just like the boys he welcomed onto his bus every day.

One can only hope that Grisham and his staff are working hard to figure out how their judgement and system of hiring and firing failed in this (and other) instances. One might also ask Grisham how many active lawsuits he's involved in right now, because of what Cobb grand juries found to be poor management skills and questionable practices.

One might also ask school board members to look into his $2 million or more boondoggle called Telematix, which I'm told is no longer being utilized after repeated attempts to make it work. And ask board members how they could've voted to throw more money at the program without evidence that it benefitted students.

Just a shame the district has lost so many good drivers. Let's hope the remaining excellent drivers can overcome the stigma of this one guy and the poor management practices that led to his elevation to supervisor.
anonymous
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January 18, 2013
Ms Armstrong- Your comments lead one to believe that Mr Gresham knew that this individual was involved in child pornography at the time of his hiring and promotion. Not sure why you have such an ax to grind with him, but this sounds like slander to me. And the systems you put down were approved by other people, not just Mr Gresham. So are you calling out the Super and Associate Super as well? And I support the District getting rid of people that violate policies, all taxpayers should.
just me
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January 18, 2013
I don't doubt that the transportation dept has serious problems, However, what does that have to do with this article? Unless he had the porn on a work computer or you can prove his bosses had been in his house and looked at his home computer, why would you reasonably expect them to know?
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