A Georgia elementary school principal has found himself in a bit of hot water lately after he was arrested, “on his way to meet child for sex.” Apparently caught up in a police sting operation, the man was discovered after having a conversation online with a minor in a sexual manner that discussed future intent.
It is unclear if John McGill, has ever acted in such a way previous to his arrest, but it seems to be likely as he was more than comfortable driving to the supposed victim’s house. Apparently falling prey to a sting operation dubbed “Operation Broken Heart” lead by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, or the GBI, the principal was soon discovered and swiftly arrested.
McGill was a highly esteemed principal with Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Douglas County, and was also married with 6 children and 3 grandchildren. He was arrested with 13 other likeminded people that were discovered through the same sting operation.
During the course of the internet conversation, he learned the address of the minor that he solicited for sex and drove there. He was soon to find out that this wasn’t the case and was arrested by waiting police after violating the Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 1999.
After the bust, the GBI released a statement saying, “The purpose of ‘Operation Broken Heart’ was to arrest persons who communicate with children on-line and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex.” The spokesperson further stated that, “On-line child predators visit chat rooms and websites on the internet, find children, begin conversations with them, introduce sexual content and arrange a meeting with the children for the purpose for having sex.”
The Daily Mail Online stated, “the GBI have not made it clear whether McGill was talking to and traveling to meet an actual child or whether agents were posing as underage children,” but does that really matter? The point here is that Mr. McGill was interacting with someone, whom he thought was a minor, in order to have sex with them.
McGill has since denied the charges while his defense attorney, Mac Pilgrim, relayed to the media that, “his client has not yet made clear his side of the story.” He went on to mention, “You can’t jump to conclusions, there’s always more than meets the eye.”
This seems to have puzzled quite a bit of people as it leaves them wondering what this all means. If there’s more than meets the eye, then one would think that McGill would know exactly where he sits in regard to “his side of the story.” You’re either guilty or you’re not, period.
Mr. McGill has since been suspended from his administrative duties. Karen Stroud, the Douglas County School System spokeswoman, “confirmed that McGill had been suspended pending the law enforcement investigation.” She also relayed to the media that, “The system is cooperating fully with law enforcement. Few details, confirmed by law enforcement, are available at this time.”
Seeing the manner in which Mr. McGill was detained, it seems unlikely that he has a reasonable excuse for acting in such a way. What do you guys think – is there any way this man is innocent? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.