Former principal faces sentencing on child porn charges

FILE - This Oct. 13, 2016, file photo released by the Hardin County Detention Center, shows Stephen Kyle Goodlett, the former principal of LaRue County, Ky. A federal judge is set to sentence former Kentucky high school principal Goodlett in U.S. District Court in Louisville Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, on child pornography charges stemming from uploaded nude images of a student whose cellphone he confiscated. (Hardin County Detention Center via AP, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky high school principal is awaiting his child pornography sentence after pleading guilty to federal charges related to uploading nude images, including pictures of a student whose cellphone he confiscated.

Stephen Kyle Goodlett will be sentenced Thursday in Louisville. Goodlett pleaded guilty last year to transporting and possessing child pornography. The agreement calls for a nine-year sentence.

Goodlett was a respected community leader and churchgoer, but prosecutors said he covertly searched the confiscated student cellphones of teenage girls for nude photos and saved them to thumb drives to be viewed, uploaded and traded on the internet.

Goodlett taught at Elizabethtown High School south of Louisville and then was principal of LaRue County High School for three years until he was fired in 2016 after being charged in state court with more than 60 counts of child pornography. Those state charges are still pending.

His defense attorney Christopher Spedding said in court documents that Goodlett is getting treatment for his addiction to pornography.

Goodlett’s downfall came after a young alumnus of LaRue County High learned that naked images she had taken for her boyfriend when she was 15 had been uploaded to a Russia-based pornography trading website. She went to Elizabethtown police, who called in the federal authorities. They traced the images to an account registered by Goodlett and then searched his devices.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children later identified images of the Elizabethtown woman as well as a naked girl between 10 and 14 years old in Goodlett’s Dropbox account, according to a federal complaint.

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