Former teacher sentenced to prison in child porn case
BROWNSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky teacher has been sentenced to federal prison on charges of attempted online enticement of a minor and attempted production of child pornography.
William Lindsey, 30, of Brownsville, was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green, the Daily News reported.
Lindsey pleaded guilty to the charges, which stemmed from an investigation that began when a detective with the Kentucky Attorney General’s office, who was posing as a 15-year-old girl, was contacted on a chat website by a man whom detectives later identified as Lindsey, according to court records.
Lindsey was arrested in 2021 after authorities interviewed him at Edmonson County High School, where he taught music.
Lindsey told the court during the hearing that he “made egregious mistakes.”
“I don’t know what causes me to do these things,” Lindsey said. “I wanted to stop for so long and I didn’t have the tools for it.”
Lindsey’s attorney, Alan Simpson, requested a 15-year sentence, the minimum under federal law for his crimes, noting that his client had community support and no prior record.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Greg Stivers said Lindsey embarked on a “brazen pattern of conduct” and needed to be held accountable.