Former teacher pleads guilty to making child porn

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BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ)A 48-year-old Berea, Ky., man, Larry Dale Foley Jr., who tught for many years at a Richmond school, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to producing child pornography.

No students were involved in the pronography, prosecutors said at the time of his arrest.

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According to Foley’s plea agreement and other court records, a tip submitted to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, from Tumblr, showed a blog Foley owned had distributed 46 images and two videos of child pornography.

On Jan. 6, 2020, law enforcement searched Foley’s residence and seized electronic devices that contained child pornography. Foley was arrested and has been held in federal custody since that time.

The devices seized were processed and showed Foley had produced child pornography of himself and a female minor, in the form of videos and still images. In his guilty plea agreement, Foley admitted to knowing the images and videos he created with the minor were produced using materials that were shared via computer and cell phone.

Foley was indicted in February 2020.

The indictment alleged that, on Dec. 17, 2018, Foley received images of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Foley is also charged with distributing child pornography on December 30, 2018. The indictment alleges that on January 6, 2020, Foley possessed images of child pornography.

The FBI raided Foley’s home and said none of the images were of students from LaFontaine Preparatory School, where Foley taught for many years. Foley was teaching only part-time at the time of his arrest and previously taught third- through fifth-grade social students.

He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

“Make no mistake, the production of child pornography is a violent crime, subjecting the victim to physical and emotional abuse when it is made and then continuing that abuse each and every time it is shared,” said Robert M. Duncan Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “Protecting vulnerable victims from this type of unspeakable harm is of the highest priorities for law enforcement.  I commend the outstanding investigative efforts of the FBI and the Berea Police Department that resulted in the defendant’s conviction.”

“The impact on children of being abused and exploited is life-long,” said James Robert Brown Jr., Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Louisville Field Office. “Those who prey on the vulnerability of children should know that the FBI and our law enforcement partners will never stop working to put them behind bars.”

U.S. Attorney Duncan, SAC Brown; and Chief Eric Scott, Berea Police Department, jointly announced the guilty plea.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Berea Police Department. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Marye.

Foley is scheduled to be sentenced in December 2020. He faces a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison. However, any sentence will be imposed by the Court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal sentencing statutes.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.