Same federal investigation led to arrests of 2 Atlanta private school employees

by: Shae Rozzi Updated:


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has discovered that the arrest of a former custodian at The Paideia School and the arrest of a former dance teacher at Pace Academy, were from the same federal investigation.

The Paideia School fired Josh Ensley upon learning of his arrest on suspicion of possession of child pornography Oct 25.

Pace Academy fired Joey Villemez Oct. 29 after he was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

The federal criminal complaints show investigators were led to the men's homes because they both bought videos containing child nudity and pornographic material from a Canadian production company.

Besides the more than 50 DVDs seized at Ensley's home, agents also found videos of children using the restroom, according to the charges.

Upon questioning Ensley, the complaint states that he used a small camera and video-taped girls and boys in the stalls at the school in DeKalb County without their knowledge.

Josh Ensley said he would hide the camera in a hollowed air freshener and place it by the boys' urinals and on a broom handle in the girls' handicapped bathroom stall, the complaint states.

Agents said they found the small camera in Ensley's home.

"That person is just sick," parent Joan Palmer told Channel 2's Shae Rozzi as she picked up students at The Paideia School Thursday afternoon. "There are sick people around, and you have to be careful."

Letters sent home from both schools stated there were no signs that either man had engaged in any inappropriate physical activity with students and that the images Ensley captured were never posted online.

Both men are being held in federal custody.