Published On: Tue, Jul 2nd, 2019

Jackson County substitute teacher, Earnest Shaw sentenced for possession of child pornography

Ernest Leander Shaw has been sentenced for possession of child pornography.  Shaw, a former substitute teacher, taught at various schools throughout the county.

“Child pornography is abuse of society’s most vulnerable population—young children,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.  “Children trust that adults and those in leadership positions will be their protector.  Shaw chose to betray that trust.”

“There is no sentence that can ever make the victims of child pornography whole again,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “It is even more disheartening when a person entrusted to protect children, our most vulnerable citizens, is the person who promotes this abuse. We can only hope that Shaw’s sentence will discourage others from this depraved behavior.”

“It is my hope that Shaw is monitored to the fullest extent and can never have access to children again, as he had access here in Jackson County in our schools.   He committed horrendous acts when he possessed child pornography for his gratification and then had access to our children here in Jackson County,” said Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum.

According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges and other information presented in court: In or around May 2018, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received information that Shaw possessed an electronic device that contained child pornography.  During their subsequent interview with Shaw, he admitted that the images belonged to him.  Based upon Shaw’s consent to a search of his residence, telephones, and other electronic devices, and a search warrant obtained from a Jackson County Magistrate Judge, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office eventually found hundreds of images and videos of child pornography on various electronic devices in Shaw’s residence.

Ernest Leander Shaw, 66, of Nicholson, Georgia, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Story to two years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release of which the first two years will be served on home confinement.  Shaw was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 18, 2018.  He pleaded guilty to the sole count in the indictment, pursuant to a written plea agreement.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the initial investigation handled by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sekret T. Sneed prosecuted the case.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Attorney General launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices around the country, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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