Canton man indicted in possession, distribution of ‘hardcore’ child porn
by Joshua Sharpe
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Billy Gene McCorkle
Billy Gene McCorkle
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A previously convicted sex offender in Canton faces federal charges of possessing and distributing what authorities called the worst kinds of “hardcore” child pornography.

Billy Gene McCorkle Jr., 45, was indicted by a federal grand jury last Tuesday and later arraigned on charges of distributing child pornography and possessing images of child pornography depicting minors under age 12, said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

“This defendant is accused of trafficking sexually graphic images of very young children, with some of them even shown in bondage situations,” Yates said in a recent news release. “The sexual exploitation of a child through the distribution of child pornography is a crime that preys on the most innocent in our society, the very ones who depend on us to protect them.”

McCorkle was convicted of child molestation in February 2006 in Cobb County, having committed the crime in May of the prior year, court and prison records show.

According to Yates, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations found in November that McCorkle had transmitted more than 208 pornographic photographs and 14 video files of children in the span of about a month, beginning in late October.

Federal agents identified McCorkle as a Canton resident who had been using a Google email account to transmit the “hardcore images” and obtained a search warrant for his account, Yates said.

Brock D. Nicholson, special agent in charge at HSI Atlanta, said in the news release that McCorkle is accused of having “the worst kinds of child pornography, in effect victimizing again children whose documented rapes will haunt them for the rest of their lives.”

Because of that conviction, Yates said the distribution charge alone carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Because McCorkle is accused of possessing images of prepubescent minors, the possession charge has a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of 20 years imprisonment, and a fine of up to $250,000, Yates added.

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