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Clark technical center principal arrested on child porn possession, distribution

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The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was developed federally in 1998 as the number of children and teenagers using the internet increased and child sexual abuse images became available electronically, authorities say.
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The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was developed federally in 1998 as the number of children and teenagers using the internet increased and child sexual abuse images became available electronically, authorities say.

The principal of the Clark County Area Technology Center that offers high school vocational courses was arrested Tuesday night on child pornography charges, a Kentucky State Police news release said.

Phillip Todd Wilson, 54, of Winchester, was in the Clark County Detention Center Wednesday morning, according to online jail records.

Wilson is charged with fifteen counts of distribution and 15 counts of possession of child pornography, a news release said.

The state police Richmond post was notified Tuesday morning of allegations against Wilson, according to a news release. The Associated Press said state police received a complaint from someone at the school.

On Wednesday, a Clark County school district statement said it “is shocked and dismayed” over the arrest and allegations against Wilson. It pointed out the center is operated by the Kentucky Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education even though it’s housed at a Clark school district building.

The school district pledged to work with police and Wilson’s employer, the state education department, “as the situation is addressed to ensure the educational opportunities for students at George Rogers Clark High School are not diminished or affected.”

“The Clark County Public School System remains committed to the safety and security of its teachers and students,” the statement said.

Newsweek.com is reporting that in 2009, as principal of Montgomery County High School in Mount Sterling, Wilson received national attention when he banned books from the classroom for “homosexual content.”

“The controversy was over a number of contemporary young-adult books,” Newsweek.com reported.

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