Raymond Robin Watts, 55, of 21 Gatepost Lane, Kingston, appeared before federal Magistrate Walter Johnson in Rome. Watts is a teacher at Mill Creek Middle School in Woodstock.
Earlier this month Watts was denied bond after Johnson called the bond request “a risk.”
Watts is accused of giving an undercover agent a flash drive containing 1,027 images of children.
The agent conducted video surveillance of his meetings with Watts and captured the exchange on video, prosecutors said.
Michael Ashley of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement testified in court during Watts’ bond hearing that Watts told the undercover investigator he became a swim coach at Mill Creek Middle School to be around young children.
“Identifying and investigating those who victimize children, especially those who hold positions of public trust, is one of the most important responsibilities we have,” said Brock Nicholson, special agent in charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations in Atlanta. “Sexually exploiting children is despicable, and we will continue to go the extra mile to catch those individuals who prey on innocent victims in this manner.”
Watts was officially indicted by a grand jury on March 8 and charged with using interstate commerce to receive child pornography and distributing those same images.