Police charge couple in deprivation case

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Kathy Jefcoats


An Ellenwood couple has been charged with child deprivation after state and federal agents looking for child pornography said they found roaches, no running water and deteriorating conditions inside the house they share with two teenage sons.

Child pornography charges are also pending against Joseph Freddie Monroe, Jr., 43, and Wanda Renee Latimore, 44, as agents continue to examine images found on computers inside their Clemmons Drive home.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) spokesman Mike Fordham said Friday that agents have viewed images on one computer, but the analysis is ongoing.

"There are 901 digital media they are still processing," said Fordham. "Just because they've viewed it doesn't mean they have what they need to make probable cause for an arrest."

GBI and federal agents raided the home late Tuesday on suspicion of the distribution of child pornography. Inside the 912-square foot ranch house, agents found unsuitable living conditions, according to a warrant filed with Clayton County Magistrate Court.

Clayton County Police Officer James Watson said trash was piled up throughout the house, there was no running water or working bathroom facilities, the house was roach-infested, the stove and sink were unusable, wooden floors were deteriorating and there were holes in the floor, walls and ceiling.

Watson also said the house reeked of sewage. The couple lived in the house with two teenage boys, ages 17 and 14.

Monroe was released Thursday night from the Clayton County Jail, but Latimore remained behind bars on a $15,000 bond. According to court records, she is being represented by the Lister and Holt Law Firm, which could not be reached for comment. Court records did not indicate legal representation for Monroe.