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Former LaRue County High School principal pleads guilty to federal child porn charges

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Former LaRue County High School principal Stephen Goodlett has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to child porn.

He accepted a plea deal on Tuesday morning. As part of the plea deal, Goodlett agreed to a sentence of 108 months.

Goodlett's final sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 20. Goodlett has been taken into custody by U.S. Marshals.

"This is a man who had a serious fall from grace," said Christopher Spedding, Goodlett's attorney. "(He was) very successful. He's very contrite and apologetic and sorry about what happened, and he wanted to get that over with."

Spedding said Goodlett also plans to plead guilty to state charges of possession and transportation of child pornography.

Goodlett was originally charged with three counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and 60 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

A federal grand jury indicted Goodlett in January for possession and transportation of child pornography. The indictment was handed down after he pleaded not guilty in December.

In October 2016, Goodlett, then working as principal of LaRue County High School, was arrested by Kentucky State Police. He was then fired from his job as principal. Officers searched his home and uncovered 60 examples of child pornography.

He allegedly admitted to police that he was addicted to child porn, and while working as a principal, he searched for nude pictures on students' confiscated phones and shared them online.

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