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LaRue Co. High School principal suspended after arrest on child porn charges

Stephen Kyle Goodlett (Source: Hardin County Detention Center) Stephen Kyle Goodlett (Source: Hardin County Detention Center)
Goodlett's home in Elizabethtown (Source: WAVE 3 News) Goodlett's home in Elizabethtown (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The principal of LaRue County High School has been suspended with pay following his arrest Thursday on child pornography charges.

Stephen K. Goodlett, 36, is charged with 60 counts of possession and three counts of distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Each charge is punishable by one to five years in prison. Kentucky State Police said additional charges are expected to be filed in the case.

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Goodlett was arrested following an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation, according to KSP. The investigation stemmed from a complaint about Goodlett that was filed with the Elizabethtown Police Department. KSP said a preliminary investigation of that complaint indicated Goodlett was sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.

A search warrant was executed Thursday at Goodlett's home in Elizabethtown, where electronic equipment was seized and is pending a forensic examination.  

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Goodlett was booked into the Hardin County Detention Center. Bond is set at $75,000. 

He was also ordered to stay off the internet.

Assistant Principal Chris Price will fulfill Goodlett's duties during his suspension, according to a letter from LaRue County Schools Superintendent Sam Sanders that was sent to parents Friday.

"School officials are cooperating fully with law enforcement officials and remain committed to taking steps to ensure the well-being of our students and staff," the letter continues.

Just three weeks ago, on September 20, the LaRue County High School girls' basketball coach, Kelton Ford, resigned from his job after he was indicted on a first-degree sexual abuse charge.

The indictment, which was returned September 19 by a LaRue County Grand Jury, stated the sexual abuse happened on or about September 7 and involved a female student athlete.

Ford, 48, had been suspended with pay since the incident. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 4.

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