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Elementary school principal, 13 others, arrested in child porn ring in Georgia

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FoxNews in Atlanta reported a sting operation that resulted in fourteen individuals being arrested in a child porn ring which was a cooperative effort between multi-agencies.

The most frightening arrest was that of an elementary school teacher. The GBI stated that John McGill, age 56, of Villa Rica was arrested and charged with electronic possession of child pornography during this week’s “Operation Broken Heart.”

Apparently, parents and other teachers were shocked to know that a person who was supposed to be a good example and who was given the charge over so many young children could be arrested for such a crime against children.

McGill has been suspended from Mt. Carmel Elementary School. He was reported to have been a principal for as many as sixteen years and in the teaching field for as many as twenty.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported yesterday, March 2, 1014, the purpose of Operation Broken heart was to arrest persons who went on chat rooms and other websites to entice (lure) children to a place where they could have sex with them.

Surely there are many broken-hearted parents and co-workers of Mr. McGill.

It is a sad fact that there are predators out there just waiting to pounce on the innocents. And you just never know who may lurking around your own child.

There does not seem to be a complete pattern or description of these demented people.

While still innocent until proven guilty – Mr. McGill’s biography for the school board in Douglas County, Georgia, reveals that he has a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Samford University in Birmingham, as well as degrees from Troy State University and Alabama State University. Mr. McGill states that he is married with six children and three grandchildren,

McGill's attorney, Mac Pilgrim, said his client has not been able to tell his side of the story.

"You can’t jump to conclusions, there’s always more than meets the eye," Pilgrim told the AJC and was reported on Mail Online.

However, it is not clear if Mr. McGill was on his way to meet with a child for the purpose of sex.

Below the names, ages, and occupations are listed of the other 13 people arrested.

They range in age from 21 to 64 and report a variety of occupations as well as pretty wide spread of cities in Georgia.

Kahsi Butler, 31, of Conyers (musician)
Fred Gregory Chatham, 64, of Griffin (field tech)
Benjamin Hopson, 21, of Lithonia (grocery store employee)
John Benjamin Katz, 29, of Fairburn (drafter)
Chenya Li, 22, of Atlanta (software developer)
John McGill, 56, of Villa Rica (elementary school principal)
J. B. Owen, 58, of Canton (VP of ambulance service)
Marc Matthew Peterson, 38, of Acworth (culinary business manager)
Tiana Cousteau Reese, 38, of College Park
Tracy Antonio Solomon, 50, of Stockbridge (airport crew outfitter)
Choon Hong David Tan, 52, of Johns Creek (engineer)
Richard Roger Tumlin, 49, of Winder (load operator)
Kenneth Walker, 48, of Winder (sales)
Dane Andrew Wolfe, 34, of Snellville (driver)

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