Pace Academy Teacher Joey Villemez Arrested For Child Porn

A (former) teacher with Pace Academy in Atlanta has been arrested and charged with Possession of Child Pornography after a federal investigation.

Joey Villemez

Joey Villemez

William “Joey” Villemez, who holds a Bachelor’s in Theater from Georgia College , taught drama to middle and high school students at Pace, a private school in Atlanta. He was fired from his position as soon as the school learned of the charges. He was employed there for seven years.

The following letter was sent home to parents Monday afternoon,

Dear Parents,

I am writing this email with a truly heavy heart. Earlier today, I was made aware of a very sad and distressing situation involving a Pace Academy faculty member. Middle and Upper School Fine Arts teacher Joey Villemez has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornographic images, which were purchased from his home computer. These images came to light as a result of a multi-year federal investigation, which we learned about today.

Mr. Villemez is no longer employed by Pace Academy. We are cooperating with federal agents as they continue their investigation. I want to stress to you that, according to federal investigators, Mr. Villemez has not involved any current or former Pace students in this situation, and there is no evidence of inappropriate physical contact between Mr. Villemez and Pace students or other children. Mr. Villemez has no record of previous criminal activity.

Our faculty was made aware of the situation immediately after school today, and we will meet with students in the Middle and Upper Schools tomorrow morning. The emotional wellbeing of our students is our primary concern at this time. This news is incredibly shocking and upsetting to all of us in the Pace community, and we know that healing will take time.

We also know that this will be difficult to explain to students, but I believe that it is best to be clear and honest with them. I would advise every parent to use his or her discretion in discussing these matters with their children; however, as much as we might want to shield them from the situation, this may serve as an opportunity to discuss the pervasive issue of pornography in our culture. I also encourage you to bring any concerns to my attention immediately.

We are working with our faculty, counselors and outside experts to ensure that we are prepared to handle any questions or issues that arise as a result of this situation. Please know that our counselors and administrators are available for students and parents with questions or concerns.

We will continue to share pertinent information as it becomes available and welcome questions during this difficult time.

School officials planned to meet with middle and upper school students this morning.

Updated – Villemez was arrested in the same multi-year investigation by the United States Postal Service that snared a Paideia janitor recently. According to the AJC Villemez admitted that he had downloaded and saved child porn to his computer when he was questioned by federal agents.

The investigation centered on a movie company from Canada that offered child pornography for sale through the mail and Internet. Back in May of 2011 a search warrant was executed on the production company and agents seized customer lists and other various electronic and printed records. Villemez was on those lists.

http://buckhead.patch.com/articles/pace-teacher-arrested-for-possession-of-child-porn

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/262325/40/Pace-Academy-teacher-charged-with-possession-of-child-porn

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7 responses to “Pace Academy Teacher Joey Villemez Arrested For Child Porn”

  1. Steve

    Oh wow. You can plagiarize. Great article moron.

    1. Captain Obvious

      Plagiarization? Exactly where? The basic information, that he was arrested, is repeated on about 100 different news sites this evening. Not a lot of extra anywhere mainly because it’s Federal charges. As of the time of posting THIS site is the only one with his photo or where he went to school. Quoting the letter is not plagiarizing. Perhaps you mean someone took my info and plagiarized. If so please share the link.

  2. Steve

    And delete messages I see.

    1. Captain Obvious

      Occasionally we’ll delete messages but I haven’t done that in months. Perhaps you’re too stupid to hit the post button.

  3. Bob

    This website censors worse than China.

    1. Captain Obvious

      We don’t censor very much. About the only censoring you’ll find is if Disqus (the comment provider) flags something as spam.

  4. Captain Obvious

    Oh by the way Bob/Steve, if you are going to post under different names at least release/renew your IP address so that it’s not so fucking obvious that your the same person.

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