LARUE COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11/ LaRue County Herald News) – The principal of LaRue County High School, Stephen Goodlett, has more than 60 charges stacked against him for possessing and distributing child pornography. The Kentucky State Police Department said it arrested Goodlett, 36, Thursday night around 9 p.m.
Officers took him into custody after serving a search warrant at his home in Elizabethtown. They said they started investigating him after receiving a complaint that he was sharing child porn online. He's now charged with three counts of distributing child porn and 60 counts of possessing child porn. All of those charges are classified as felonies. KSP Department said it expects even more charges to be filed as the investigation continues.
Goodlett went before a judge Friday morning through a video conference. The judge set his bond at $75,000 cash, though he'll only need to post 10 percent of that to bail out of jail.
The judge pointed out Goodlett has no criminal history. She also told him he's not allowed to use the internet at all. Goodlett has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday, October 24.
WHAS11 talked to one of Goodlett’s former coworkers. Cathy Turner spent twenty years as a custodian at LaRue County High School. She retired three years ago, but said she never could've seen this coming.
“He was just like any other principal. You know, you had to do your job when he asked you to. I was shocked to hear about this,” Turner said. “He has three beautiful kids and a lovely wife.”
Turner said her heart goes out to Goodlett's family. She said she’s also just worried about all of Goodlett’s students.
“That’s the way it is. They need to clean LaRue County up,” Turner said. “They need to find out what’s going on and keep the kids safe.”
The LaRue County Herald News received an official statement from the LaRue County Schools Superintendent, Sam Sanders, at 10:57 p.m. Thursday.
The statement reads, "Thursday evening, LaRue County Schools officials were informed that Kyle Goodlett, principal at LaRue County High School, was arrested by Kentucky State Police. Goodlett is charged with distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor, first offense, and possession or viewing of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. State police were at LaRue County High School on Thursday night. School officials are cooperating fully with law enforcement."
According to KSP, Goodlett is being held in the Hardin County Detention Center.