Former principal set to face state child porn charges

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Former LaRue County High School Principal Steph­en Kyle Goodlett, serving nine years in federal prison on two child pornography charges, is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to face 63 sim­ilar state charges.

Goodlett, 39, has had several other local scheduled appearances postponed over the last year. He is being held at a low security federal correctional institution in Ashland where he is one of 1,196 male inmates.

Goodlett, who pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, is scheduled to be held until June 6, 2025, according to the prison website. There is no parole in the federal judicial system.

He also must register as a lifetime sex offender following his release from prison.

Goodlett could face up to 20 years in prison on the state charges.

Court documents said in­ves­ti­gators found evidence Good­lett — who taught at Eliza­beth­town High School before his hiring as an ad­min­i­stra­tor at LaRue County High School in 2012 — possessed and transported child pornography from 2005 until his 2016 arrest.

Court document said Goodlett would confiscate student cellphones, locate suggestive or nude photos of teenage girls and then save them to thumb drives to be viewed, uploaded and traded on the internet.

He initially was indicted on 63 state charges about two months after he was arrested Oct. 13, 2016, at his Elizabethtown home. Goodlett was indicted on 60 counts of pos­session or viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and three counts of first offense distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

He later was indicted on the federal charges.

In federal court documents, Goodlett’s attorney, Christopher Spedding, said his client already has lost everything important to him because of an addiction to pornography.

Goodlett was in his fourth year as principal at LaRue County High School when he was arrested following a search of his electronic devices.

Elizabethtown police became involved in the case after a young woman who had attended LaRue County High School learned naked images she had taken when she was 15 had been uploaded to a pornography trading website in Russia. She went to Elizabethtown police, which then sought federal help.

Authorities determined the IP address of the device used to upload images to the website matched an account registered by Goodlett, according to a federal complaint. It added the initial police review of Goodlett’s devices found 60 examples of child pornography. Records show a forensic review found 436 images and 11 videos.

After signing a waiver of his rights and agreeing to a recorded interview with state investigators, the former principal acknowledged finding the images on confiscated phones, transferring them and sharing them online, authorities said.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.

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