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Former LaRue principal accused of taking students’ phone photos negotiates plea deal

Stephen Kyle Goodlett
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A former principal of LaRue County High School accused of taking pornographic images from confiscated student cellphones has negotiated a guilty plea deal in his child pornography cases, according to court documents.

The terms of the federal plea agreement for Stephen Kyle Goodlett have not been released, according to the LaRue County Herald News. In the federal case, Goodlett is charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of transportation of child pornography.

In his state-level case, Goodlett is charged with 60 counts of possession and three counts of distribution of child pornography. The federal plea document states Goodlett also intends to plead guilty to the state charges, which are being handled in Hardin County Circuit Court.

During the investigation, Goodlett told detectives he had an addiction to pornography and had transferred images from confiscated student phones to his thumb drive without the students’ knowledge. He also reportedly told investigators he’d shared some of the taken images online in order to get more images.

The investigation started when a 20-year-old woman told police in September that phone photos she took at 15 for a boyfriend were uploaded to a website based in Russia, according to court documents and the LaRue County Herald-News. She was a student while Goodlett was principal and he had confiscated her cellphone. Images of other young student victims were found in Goodlett’s Dropbox account.

Goodlett taught in the Elizabethtown school system prior to being assistant principal and principal at LaRue High.

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