Paulding postal worker gets 30-year sentence for child molestation

Credit: File photo

Credit: File photo

Defendant was a repeat sex offender also caught with stolen mail

A Paulding County man who worked for the U.S. Postal Service was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an underage girl, producing child pornography and stealing mail.

Stacy Keith Wisener, 60, pleaded guilty in April to federal charges of child exploitation and possession of stolen mail, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Ryan Buchanan said in a news release. Wisener is a repeat offender who began abusing an 11-year-old girl in 2017, just a few months after he was removed from Georgia’s sex offender registry, Buchanan said.

Wisener abused the girl for about four years and regularly recorded video, Buchanan said. The girl reported the abuse in October 2021, and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office immediately took out a search warrant for Wisener’s home.

When they searched the home, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Paulding deputies seized hard drives, flash drives, memory cards, CDs and multiple electronic devices, including a video camera and computer. Many of the seized items stored child porn, including videos of Wisener molesting the victim who reported him, Buchanan said.

During the search, deputies also found thousands of pieces of unopened mail, including packages that went undelivered, Buchanan said.

Buchanan praised the victim’s bravery in reporting Wisener’s crimes after suffering years of abuse.

“After his release from Georgia’s sex offender registry, Wisener resumed his predatory activities,” Buchanan said. “His horrific targeting of this child is unbelievable. The extraordinary courage of Wisener’s young victim, and outstanding cooperation between investigators and prosecutors on the federal, state and local levels, brought this repeat child predator to justice.”

Nearly 20 years ago, Wisener pleaded guilty to molesting another child under the age of 16, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. At the time, he was sentenced to probation in lieu of jail. Wisener was also forced to register as a sex offender and remained on the registry for about 14 years.

In 2017, Wisener’s application to be removed from the registry was granted, and he began abusing his most recent victim just a few months later. Sex offenders who have completed their sentences, including probation, and are deemed “low risk” by the Sex Offender Registration and Review Board can petition the court to be removed from the registry.

“This defendant wasted a second chance after being removed from the sex offender registry by reoffending, this time with far more egregious crimes,” GBI Assistant Director John Melvin said.

“Wisener’s decision to continue to exploit children, even after working to get off the sex offender registry, now puts him in prison for decades,” FBI Atlanta Special Agent Keri Farley said. “It is difficult to measure the pain and suffering this victim has endured. This case serves as an example of the FBI and our partners’ commitment to bring to justice despicable predators that prey on vulnerable children for their own gratification.”