Ex-high school principal gets 9 years in child porn case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A former Kentucky high school principal has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for child pornography after uploading nude pictures of a student whose cellphone he confiscated.

Stephen Kyle Goodlett apologized in Louisville federal court Thursday to his victims and the judge.

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He says what he did was “morally reprehensible,” and that he failed to live up to the standards he set for other people.

Goodlett pleaded guilty last year to federal child pornography charges after a young alumnus of LaRue County High discovered that naked images she had taken for her boyfriend at age 15 had been uploaded to a Russia-based pornography trading website. Authorities traced it to Goodlett, and found many images on his devices.

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.