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Former high school principal intends to plead guilty in 2 child porn cases

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The former high school principal who admitted to stealing nude photos from students’ phones and sharing them online intends to plead guilty, according to court records.

A change of plea motion filed in U.S. District Court in Louisville last week says former LaRue County High School principal Kyle Goodlett has negotiated plea deals to federal and state child pornography charges.  

A federal judge has scheduled Goodlett’s change of plea hearing for Aug. 15 in Louisville.

The motion also says Goodlett will plead guilty to his state charges in a separate agreement in Hardin Circuit Court. Online court records show an Oct. 23 trial date on the state charges.

The motion says Goodlett has agreed “to forfeit certain property” as part of the federal plea agreement. However, it did not specify possible sentence recommendations.

Goodlett’s attorney wrote in the motion that he is researching how Goodlett would serve his federal and state sentences. Judges in federal court and in Hardin County still must resolve the mechanics involved.

Kentucky State Police arrested Goodlett in October of last year. An arrest report said a search of his Elizabethtown, Kentucky, home found evidence Goodlett sent and possessed images of child pornography. State prosecutors first charged Goodlett with three counts of distributing child porn and 60 counts of possessing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Louisville filed the federal charges of transporting and possessing child pornography in December of last year. That complaint said Goodlett admitted “an addiction to pornography and that he transferred images from phones confiscated from students to his personal thumb drive without their consent or knowledge.” Goodlett also admitted sharing those images online, the complaint said.

Authorities made at least one public plea last fall for LaRue County High School students to come forward to investigators, if Goodlett had confiscated their phones at school from 2012 through 2016.

LaRue County’s school board fired Goodlett shortly after his October arrest.

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